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County Times Publisher Seeks Re-election as Commissioner President By Sean Rice Staff Writer

Thomas F. McKay announced his plan Tuesday to seek re-election to the position he held four years ago, President of the St. Mary’s County Board of Commissioners. McKay served from 2002 to 2006 as commissioner president. “In this tough economy people are looking for people who can get the job done without spending more and more money,” McKay said in an interview Wednesday. “People are reaching out to Thomas F. McKay proven leaders who understand the challenges being faced by businesses, small and large, and by the citizens of Maryland as they struggle to make ends meet.” McKay said he intends to restore the former record of responsible government to St. Mary’s County and provide a model for how a county should operate in a tough economy with dwindling county resources. “My true desire is to make this a better environment for businesses to do business, for jobs to grow, for people’s salaries to grow and for government to provide the necessary services – but not overreach and be all things for all people,” McKay said. “I feel obligated to do my part to make sure that we don’t leave our children with a lower quality of life and a higher burden than what we’ve enjoyed.” Deciding to run was a tough choice, McKay said, but he was encouraged by the hundreds of people who urged him to file.


“Quite frankly I’ve had literally 500 to 1,000 people that have personally asked me to do this … and that isn’t the only thing that compelled me, but it has given me confidence,” McKay said. “I’ve been debating this over the last several months, finally my wife and family and I concluded that it is just too important not to do. “I’m concerned, like many, many folks out here, that the overspending of individuals and government has created an overreach leaving people concerned about our future and the future burden that we’re going to leave our children,” he said. McKay said his record during his term as commissioner president is exemplary in terms of reducing the size of the government, controlling spending, reducing taxes and prioritizing government. “I want to get back in there and continue some of the good things we started and correct some of the things that have happened that I think have been misguided over the last four years,’ he said. Some of those initiatives that have gotten off track include education being moved to the back burner, and high-dollar projects such as a new county jail, McKay said. “When I took office in 2002 we were the second-worst funded county in the state for per-pupil funding in our schools. We put together a program, The Bridge to Excellence, that had that funding level improving at a very rapid pace,” he said. “When I left office we have moved from 23rd in the state to somewhere around 15th or 16th in the state, and in the four years since I’ve left we’ve dropped straight to last place.” “This whole concept of doubling the size of our jail. I really think that is something that this community really needs to step back from for a minute and take a deep breath and really ask ourselves: ‘Are we really doing the right thing on this?’” McKay said he plans to run a smart campaign based on issues and policy, and has set a self-imposed cap on campaign contributions at $250 per person or business. F. Mckay, with wife Laschelle McKay, files paperwork at the “In these economic times, I’d rather see those businesses give pay Thomas St. Mary’s County Board of Elections to join the race for county comincreases rather than spending thousands on donations.” missioner president.

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ews Today’s Newsmakers In Brief On the diverse field of candidates seeking office this year. “It’s a very heated year for politics this year. There’s a lot of energy and a lot of participation.” David Willenborg, chairman of the St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee

“It’s constant … always every day, but it’s the price you’ve got to pay if you want to win this race.” Charles Lollar, Republican candidate for Congress, talking about his campaigning schedule.

Crime In Colony Square Community A Perpetual Problem George Owings Quits Governor By Guy Leonard Staff Writer County government and law enforcement officials are taking more notice of the problems being reported from the Colony Square neighborhood in Lexington Park. Residents there say that certain residents in the community as well as people from outside the neighborhood make it nearly unlivable as crime is rampant, trash piles up and police are in and out of the community trying to control the situation with too few resources. One resident, who spoke with The County Times on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals from within the community, said that the neighborhood has had crime problems for years and they are only getting worse. The resident said that many of the problems stem from residents living there in homes on housing subsidies. Some of these residents are unemployed, they say, and do little to maintain the community. “They move one Section 8 family out and they move another one in,” the resident said, adding that when a family moves in sometimes many more move in who are not supposed to live there. Moreover violence in one form or another is a near every day occurrence that has spread throughout the entire community. “It’s getting worse,” the resident said. “We’ve had guys fighting outside with knives, we’ve Police respond had gun shots. “Every road to a disturbance has problems.” in the Colony Square A n d

neighborhood. Residents complaining of crime problems there say it’s one of many.

those community streets have been divided up by local gang factions, the resident said, and they defend their territory from outsiders. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said that police officers have found local gang activity in the neighborhood and he confirmed much of the complaints coming from there. “We have investigations going on right now,” Cameron said. “We have officers in coming in and out of there all the time. “There’s some local gang activity going on there and we’ve seen a pattern of escalating violence or the potential for it.” Cameron said that from June 15 of 2009 to the same time this year there have been a total of 277 calls for service of varying sorts in the community with 54 of them being backed up by ongoing criminal investigation reports and they run the gamut of offenses. Cameron said that there have been 11 assaults for varying degrees, one assault on a police officer, four emergency evaluations, three domestic assaults, three child abuse investigations, an armed robbery and a sex offense investigation. He also reported that there have been at least eight property thefts, one car theft, three threat complaints and seven complaints of vandalism. Police are actively seeking 11 people for warrant service who call the community home, Cameron said. Drug activity continues to plague the community, Cameron said, and police enforcement will begin to focus on stemming the tide of violators coming from outside the neighborhood but the community’s help would be have to be a part of that effort. So far, government projects to improve the area have not yielded the fruit officials had expected. “We’re going to try to put some more [police] resources in there,” said Commissioner Daniel H. Raley (D-Great Mills). “It was a hope that once we built the new fire station, the new library and renovated the elementary school that would address some of the longstanding issues there but that hasn’t happened yet.” Raley said he believed those revitalization efforts could still help. Cameron said the job of cleaning up the neighborhood would be a challenging one. “We need a very focused and dedicated effort and that’s difficult… we have very limited resources. “And it’s tough to do when you have [property] owners living outside the community.” Cameron said that fear and intimidation were also hampering efforts to get the community to speak out about problems there and the resident agreed. They said that large groups of people often gather in the street at varying times of the day, blocking traffic, creating disturbances and engaging in public drinking. “It’s horrible,” the resident said. “My tax money is paying for them to stay there… they don’t care if anyone has to work. “Some weeks I never get any sleep. Most of the time I’m afraid to go out at night.”

Bid Amid Health Concerns

By Diane Burr and Guy Leonard Staff Writers George Owings, of Dunkirk, has said his departure from the governor’s race and the Democratic primary is due to major surgery that requires a strict recovery period, but political observers say that his leaving the race will likely have little impact between the incumbent Martin O’Malley and former GOP governor Robert Ehrlich. “It’s something I didn’t want to do, and I held off as long as I could,” said Owings. “Now it goes against common sense to try to continue.” On Jan. 6, Owings announced he was taking on O’Malley. Ehrlich’s announcement to run against his Democratic rival followed shortly after. The former Calvert County Delegate (D-27B) and former state Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs admits his candidacy was a long shot and that he was ‘taking on the machine.’ He says his campaign was always “under the radar,” but believes he was making gains. Michael Cain, political science professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, said that Owings’ candidacy was intriguing but did not have the energy to make a significant challenge. “He had high hopes he had a chance, especially if he got a good running mate and some money,” Cain told The County Times. “He just didn’t have the political clout in the state anymore. He used to.” On the morning of May 25, just three days after a fundraiser at the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Owings underwent surgery at Baltimore/Washington Medical Center for a serious emergency procedure. “Fifteen years ago, I was watching TV with my mother and heard a pop. Her aortic aneurism burst, and she could not be saved. Doctors told me it was hereditary and I found out that I had one. I’ve had it checked every six months ever since finding out.” “If it’s five centimeters or greater, doctors get concerned. For four years, mine was holding at 4.71 centimeters. During the campaign, my doctor said it grew at an alarming rate - more in three months than in three years. They told me I had no choice but to have the surgery, and quickly. “ Owings said. Following the surgery, he must avoid strenuous activity to include driving and he can not lift more than five pounds. “I’m 65 years old. If I had won, I’d have been 69 at the end of my first term. I just don’t see trying to run again in four years when I’m that old.” Owings does not think, however, that he will never make a return to politics. “Depending on who ends up in the Governor’s house after this election, sure, I’d consider going back to Annapolis. I’ll always stay focused on vets’ issues and involved in the community and environmental issues. I’m always open to suggestions. I’ll just go from here.” Cain said that, though Owings has dropped out of the governor’s race, his political future could still be tied to any potential success of Ehrlich’s, since both have attempted political comebacks and Owings is two years farther out than Ehrlich after his 2006 defeat. If Ehrlich wins, it could signal an opening for someone like Owings in Annapolis. “It’s tough to come back after so many years,” Cain said.

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ews Races Solidify As Deadline For Filing Passes EPA Announces Proposed By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

As the filing deadline for the 2010 gubernatorial elections passed Tuesday night, there were still a few surprises in store. The race for the presidency of the Board of County Commissioners expanded as the former office holder Thomas F. McKay filed to reclaim that seat. McKay faces Kenneth Booth of Great Mills and Randy Guy of Clements in the GOP primary race. Booth filed a year ago while Guy has campaigned with a slate of candidates headed by incumbent Commissioner Lawrence D. Jarboe. Current Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell (D-St. George Island) stands alone in the Democratic primary. David Willenborg, chairman of the county’s Republican Central Committee, said the group was neutral in the primary races but noted that McKay’s entry would generate much interest. McKay served from 2002 to 2006 as commissioner president but left that seat to run a campaign against Sen. Roy P. Dyson which was unsuccessful. “I don’t think anybody can debate his qualifications for the task,” Willenborg said. “He’ll raise the bar in the debate for everybody.” Michael Cain, professor of political science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland said that McKay’s name recognition was an important advantage in the race against others in the GOP primary. “He has to be seen as a very strong candidate,” Cain said. “But both McKay and Russell have wide name recognition in the

county.” Also, the race for county treasurer, which has been uncontested for several cycles found a new candidate in current County Commissioner Daniel H. Raley (D-Great Mills). Raley, who is term limited as a commissioner, said that he would try to modernize the county treasurer’s office to make it more user friendly to the public. “I see an office that needs a jumpstart,” Raley told The County Times Tuesday. “It has not come to the forefront with regards to technology.” Raley said that the office should make on-line services available to county residents and he also said that the actual property tax bills sent out each year by the office were sometimes confusing to the average citizen and could be clairified. The long-time incumbent treasurer Jannette Norris said that she was surprised by Raley’s late filing as he had not talked to her about his bid. Norris said she had worked with Raley in their respective positions for 12 years and had never heard any complaints regarding any lack of technology at the treasurer’s office. “He’s never mentioned anything to me about technology in the office or about the readability of the tax bill,” Norris said. She added that the county’s information technology department had advised her that going on-line with the office’s current software system was not possible. Norris said she did not want to incur the expense of switching to a new software system.

Candidates Take Advantage of Holiday Crowds for Campaigning By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

Pollution Load Limits For Chesapeake Bay By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a proposed cap on the amount of phosphorous and nitrogen that can make its way into the Chesapeake Bay each year as the first step in the agency’s sweeping effort to clean up the troubled body of water. The plan will limit the amount of the two nutrients that can come from each of the six states that make up the Chesapeake Bay watershed, information from the EPA states, which includes 64,000 square miles. The proposed limits include no more than 187.4 million pounds of nitrogen and 12.5 million pounds of phosphorous each year from the combined watershed. “Restoring the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries will not be easy,” said Shawn M. Garvin, regional administrator for the EPA. “While we all realize that every jurisdiction in within the watershed will have to make very difficult choices to reduce pollution, we also recognize that we must collectively accelerate our efforts if we are going to restore this national treasure as part of our legacy for future generations.” Dawn Stolzfus, spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of the Environment, said that the guidelines the federal government wants to impose were close to what the state expected; the state was in a good position to fulfill those goals because of stringent new measures regarding waste water treatment plant upgrades, animal feed operations and storm water management systems. “We’ve got some things underway but we’re going to have to do more,” Stolzfus said. The state is already working on the first phase of a watershed restoration plan that is due to the federal government by Sept. 1. Individual counties and jurisdictions will have to have similar plans by November of 2011, she said. Most of the work to meet these goals, Stolzfus said, about 60 percent, must be completed by 2017 by the federal mandate. The total load for both phosphorus and nitrogen, according to EPA information, in the Patuxent River basin is a little more than 3 million pounds in a year. For the Potomac River basin’s portion from Maryland the count is a little more than 16 million pounds of both nutrients.

be full of campaign events. “I have two events tomorrow, three events on the fourth, and then As the July 6 filing deadline for two more events on the fifth,” he the 2010 primaries drew closer, many said. “I’ve got to speak at Severn candidates took time during the 4th Church on the 4th to about 2,000 peoof July holiday weekend to connect ple there. I’m going to be in the pawith voters and campaign while they rade in Anne Arundel County, then celebrated. the festival in La Plata, and I’ve got At St. Mary’s College during to be at a couple of picnics in Charles their “Summon the Heroes” program County, so it’s very busy for me.” on July 2, Republican Congressional Republican Collins Bailey, candidate Charles Lollar could be who is also running against Rep. seen talking with voters for much of Steny Hoyer for Maryland’s 5th disthe evening, and he told The County trict, said his holiday weekend had Times that his holiday weekend would been centered on church and family activities. his weekend campaigning In an email to The Steve Waugh, Maryland State Senate candidate, speaks with online instead of in perCounty Times, he said that visitors at the River Concert Series Independence Day Weekson, participating in sevthe 4th was his 22-year-old end at St. Mary’s College. eral community forums son’s birthday, and that he through and Susan Gaztañaga, who is running would be going to Cheltenother sites where he communicates ham Youth Facility for Bible for Governor on the Libertarian ticket with voters. studies, followed by a stint of in the general election, spent Sunday “On July 3rd the Hollywood preaching at Camp Springs morning riding in the Dundalk Herifirehouse had a fireworks display … Community Church in Clin- tage Parade, where she said the LibI was able to view the higher blast ton. Bailey said that the rest ertarian party has been represented from my front yard in Hollywood,” he of his holiday was spent be- for the last several years. Gaztañaga tween his mother-in-law’s also campaigned at the Sowebo Arts said, “and that was fun. On the 4th I house and Benjamin Stoddert Festival in Baltimore on May 30, and watched the celebration on the WashMiddle School in Waldorf, the Baltimore Gay Pride Festival on ington Mall on PBS.” Campaigning activities are exwhere he attended a public June 19 and 20, and said she will be fireworks display with his campaigning from booths at numer- pected to increase as the July 6 filing ous other festivals as they come up, in- deadline passes and those running for family. Congressional incum- cluding Hamilton, Essex, Chesapeake office strive to increase their presence with the public, but face-time has bebent Steny Hoyer made ap- Pride and Fells Point. Gaztañaga told The County come a rule of thumb for many on the pearances at the River Concert Series on Friday, attend- Times that she and her running mate, trail already, as was evident when Loled the Herrington Harbor In- Doug McNeil, will be at the Washing- lar commented on the dizzying pace dependence Day Celebration ton County Federation of Sports Clubs of campaigning, and his hopes that his on Saturday, and on Monday on July 27, and she plans to go to Gar- public appearances would help him had a series of meetings in St. rett County for their fair on August win votes this November. “It’s constant … always every Candidate for Congress Charles Lollar talks to potenMary’s where he talked with 13-14. tial constituents. day, but it’s the price you’ve got to pay Gubernatorial candidate J.P. Cuveterans, seniors, business sick, from Hollywood, said he spent if you want to win this race,” he said. owners and others.


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Let’s Restore Ethics to Politics

My name is Ralph Jaffe. I am a political science teacher. When I first started teaching in 1964 I told my students that Maryland was one of the most corrupt states in the Union. Fast forward to 2010 - nothing has changed. This is why I am now a candidate for governor in the September 2010 Democratic primary. I want to put a stop to the moral bankruptcy in Maryland politics and replace it with a new word, ETHICS. My platform is based on 5 principles.

#1 - I will not accept campaign contributions because they are disguised bribes. #2 - I will have no dealings with paid professional lobbyists. #3 - I will serve one term only. This way I’m not in the campaign for power, fame, or personal wealth, but rather I want to be a good public servant. #4 - I will tell the truth all of the time, not

We Live In a Sick World

The curly haired, handsome six-year-old kindergarten child swaggered up to the teacher’s desk. “Hi, Miss Conklin,” he said. “May I have a condom, please? I have a heavy date in those bushes behind the school during recess.” Miss Conklin opened her desk drawer and withdrew a handful of condoms. “Would you like these Trojans or one of these new Atlas styles?” she asked the boy. When you read the above lines, I would not be surprised if you thought the words were not only crude, but not something to print in a family newspaper. Imagine MY surprise when I learned that Massachusetts schools are handing out condoms to children from kindergarten through high school! And that is a FACT! I personally heard it on the news. It’s been reported in several media forms. Check it out on Snopes. People, we live in a sick society. When are we going to wake up and start doing something about it?

some of the time. #5 - I will serve free. I will set aside the $150,000 annual salary of the governor for the purpose of trying to hire a combination of three teachers, firefighters and/or police officers.

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Guest Editorial Legislators Need Financial Literacy

Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn recently told the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he did not know who the 23 percent of Americans were who trusted Congress, referring to a poll. I wonder what the numbers are for the Maryland General Assembly, whose members are incredibly adept at pushing tough decisions to future years and blaming others for their own poor choices. One of the funniest attempts--by members to deflect attention from themselves was a task force created in 2008 to recommend steps to improve “financial literacy” among the state’s school children to prevent a repeat of the housing collapse and ensuing financial crisis. As a result of the report, Maryland school children will be required to take financial literacy Yes - this s a peaceful revolution to get rid of money and corruption out of politics. I’m courses starting in 2011, according to a recent announcement of the State Board of Education. asking you to join this movement and make this While the curriculum may benefit students and their families, they are not the ones who have goal a reality. Please call me at 410-764-2409 been underfunding pensions for state workers for almost a decade and issuing debt to pay for road and help bring about true, ethical reform in our and other projects that were supposed to be paid for in cash. Leadership is so in denial about the pension issue that House Speaker Michael Busch has political system. not yet chosen people to sit on yet another task force created by the General Assembly in the most recent session to analyze ways to improve the system. Ralph Jaffe, Worse, as one retiring legislator, Del. Murray Levy, D-28, told The Gazette, “I don’t know Democratic candidate for Governor what this group is going to come up with that we haven’t already discussed.” Pikesville Students were also not the ones who passed a massive boost to state spending on public education in 2002 known as Thornton with no way to fund it and hikes to teacher pensions in 2006 with no way to pay for those either. And students did not promise that huge across the board tax hikes passed in 2007 would solve the “structural deficit” permanently and then say more taxes will be necessary to balance the budget two years later. (The structural deficit is the difference In Dearborn, Michigan, police arrested between what the state spends each year and what it collects in revenue.) To remedy the situation, legislators should require of themselves the same things they recChristian missionaries who stood on public streets, outside of Muslim areas and attempted ommended to students. Economists from the University of Maryland should develop a curricuto hand out Christian tracts. I watched this take lum for legislators that can be studied online when they are not in session to give them a basic place. They weren’t allowed to do that within understanding of budgets, accounting, taxes, supply and demand, statistics and incentives, with FIVE BLOCKS of the Muslim area! Are we regular tests they must pass. The curriculum could also include a reading list, updated yearly. Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff’s “This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Finannow under Sharia law? When will we be required to face East and prostrate ourselves five cial Folly,” a road map for understanding how debt and financial crises develop, would be a great summer pick. Legislators would also have the benefit of being able to ask Reinhart, a professor at times a day? I’m not anti-Jew, anti-Muslim, anti-Chris- the University of Maryland, to speak to them. While a better understanding of economics may not prevent poor decisions, it will make tian, or anti-anything EXCEPT those who are ANTI-FREEDOM, ANTI-CONSTITUTION, legislators more aware of how their laws will impact residents and more accountable for their and ANTI-AMERICAN! For those people, no mistakes. If it is so important for students to know how to balance a checkbook, how much more matter what their station in life or government, essential is it for those charged with stewarding taxpayers’ scarce resources to understand state finances? I say I am ANTI-THEM. As a nation we are heading down a very Marta Mossburg is a senior fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute. mmossburg@ rocky road toward the edge of a cliff. If we don’t wake up soon and take charge of our world, we can only look in the mirror to see who did it to us. These 5 principles must be adhered to if we are ever going to get true, ethical politicians. I am not a politician; rather, I am a teacher. Electing me as the next governor in the state of Maryland would mark a major step in the movement to compel future politicians to comply with the above stated principles.

James H. Hilbert Mechanicsville, MD

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MetCom Enacts Water Restrictions

The Metropolitan Commission has announced Level 1 one water restrictions effective July 12 for the communities of Cedar Cove, Forrest Farms, Leonardtown Farms, Villages at Leonardtown, Wicomico Shores and Wilderness Run. The restrictions are a result of heavy increases in water usage in these communities

brought on by the intense heat and draught conditions. The restrictions include limiting the amount of water used for outdoor irrigation and cleaning chores. Violation of these restrictions is punishable by a fine and possibly termination of water service.

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Detectives Continue To Seek Sex Offenders By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Detectives with the county’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations are seeking two sex offenders while having arresting a third for allegedly failing to register. According to police reports, detectives are still searching for Joseph Dee Medlin, 48, of Leonardtown for allegedly absconding from his recorded residence. Detectives Keith Mackall sought and received a warrant for Medlin’s arrest Tuesday, though they state that his location is still unknown. Detectives describe Medlin as a child sex offender. On that same day detectives were also able to get a warrant to

arrest Douglas R. Wilson, Jr., 32, for an alleged failure to register as a sex offender. Detectives were able to contact Wilson by phone, who stated he was in Baltimore. Detectives are still seeking Wilson. D e t e c t i v e s Douglas Wilson also arrested Keith Leonard Mackall, 47, of Great Mills July 5 and charged him with failing to register as a sex offender. Mackall was later released on his own recognizance by a District Court commissioner, police reports stated, and later registered Wednesday. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding sex offenders in the community to call Cpl. William Raddatz of the Sex Offender Registry unit at 301-4754200 on extension 1958. Callers can also make anonymous tips at 301-475-3333 or via text message at “TIP239” with an added message to “CRIMES”

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County Police Seek More Help Finding Bank Bandits By Guy Leonard Staff Writer It has been more than three months since two men armed with pistols entered the Bank of America in Lexington Park and robbed it in the early morning hours of March 24 but local detectives are still looking for clues in an effort to apprehend the suspects. The Bureau of Criminal Investigations reports that law enforcement is now offering up to a $20,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and eventual conviction of the perpetrators. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said that detectives are continuing to pursue leads in the case but did not want to reveal the extent of the investigation. “I can’t talk about what they have or don’t have,” Cameron told The County Times. “We don’t want to tip off the guys who did it.” Detective say that they want to talk with anyone who was in the vicinity of the bank at the time of the robbery or who may have more information regarding the heist or suspects involved. The first suspect was a black male, 20 to 30 years old and standing at 5 feet, 11 inches and weighing about 200 pounds. He was wearing a light colored hooded sweatshirt. The second suspect, police reports state, is also a black male, about 20 or 30 years old, standing about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. The second suspect was wearing a green flight suit during the time of the robbery. Surveillance photos from the bank show that both suspects concealed their identities during the robbery.

Rash Of House Fires Hit St. Mary’s By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

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State Fire Marshal investigators say that at least three out of four house fires that took place in the space of a week were accidental, but a fourth on Golden Beach Road is still under scrutiny. Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Duane Svites told The County Times that the four fires that occurred from June 30 through July 3 were unusual for the summer season, though none appeared to be crimes. “This is a busy time for fires but they’re usually outside,” Svites said. The fires so far have been attributed to either electrical failures, blazes that started in a vehicle or from improperly discarded smoking material. Despite Maryland’s recently passed law that allows only fire safe cigarettes to be sold here, there were still ways to get cigarettes that did not meet the safety requirements. “The flaw is … it doesn’t stop people from buying cigarettes in Virginia or on the [Patuxent River Naval Air Station],” Svites said. “So there are still cigarettes out there that aren’t safe.”

Svites said that the center of a cigarette’s flame can reach incredibly high levels of heat. “When it’s cherry red it could reach up to 1,200 degrees,” Svites said. “Put it in an ashtray don’t flick it.” The first fire took place June 30 on St. John’s Road in Hollywood and took 25 firefighters only about 10 minutes to control, according to fire marshal reports, and caused about $40,000 worth in damages. On June 2, the house fire on Woodland Acres Road in California caused two adults to have to be treated for minor smoke inhalation, reports stated, and took 35 firefighters 15 minutes to control the blaze. The damage was estimated at about $60,000. Just one day later two house fires occurred in Mechanicsville, one on Waterview Drive and the other on Golden Beach Road only about four-and-a-half hours apart. Both fire took 40 firefighters 40 minutes to control, fire marshal reports stated. The damage from both fires combined was estimated at $190,000.


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Hollywood-based technology company Smartronix has been awarded a federal contract to modernize the Web site and revamp two supporting sites: and Smartronix stated in a press release that the company is bringing together a team to complete the projects; including industry experts in SharePoint, Cloud hosting and security, Web design, transparency, open government data, social collaboration, and emerging Web technologies. The company said this same “team” (Smartronix, Synteractive, TMP Government, and KPMG, with close collaboration from Amazon Web Services) was responsible for the building 2.0—the portal for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In 2009, Smartronix was named prime contractor to update the Web site, which tracks how and where $787 billion in federal stimulus money is being spent. The contract was potentially valued at $18 million over five years. The company has not released the dollar value of the recent modernization project during the recent announcement. the Web site. Media reports circulated claiming the price tag was exorbitant and the company was awarded the deal because of the thousands of dollars company executives have donated to Congressman Steny Hoyer during the last decade. The Washington Examiner reported that Smartronix’s top officers donated $19,000 to House Majority Leader Steny Smartronix founders Arshed Javaid, left, Alan Parris and John Parris. Hoyer since 1999.


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The Young Professionals Initiative of St. Mary’s County will hold its next General Body Meeting at 6 p.m. July 15. The topic of the meeting is “Summer Fun in St. Mary’s County,” and will include discussion of great events going on throughout St. Mary’s County this summer. All are welcome to attend. The meeting will be held at The Lex-

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Sasscer said. McKay, who was busy placing bids on watermelons, peppers and tomatoes, said occasionally there is some good deals to be had … “But in most cases we feel we’re doing more of a service to our community, and giving our customers what they want.” “We been supporting this Loveville produce market since it opened, about seven years ago,” McKay said. “As far as I know we’re the only supermarket in the area that really buys local, local produce … when we say local produce, our produce is coming from St. Mary’s and lower Charles County.” See for more information on Restaurant Week.

The agriculture division of the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) hosted an open house at the Loveville Produce Auction on Wednesday morning in an effort to entice local restaurants and markets to take advantage of locally grown produce. As a precursor to the Buy Local Challenge (July 17-25) and the Savor St. Mary’s Restaurant Week (July 25-Aug. 8), the open house at Loveville was aimed at introducing local restaurants to buying fresh local produce. “We trying to get local restaurants and stores to come and learn how to buy local, and not just here from the auction, but from other local farmers as well,” said Donna Sasscer, manager of the DECD’s agriculture and seafood division. “Earlier in the day we had a couple restaurants come in and we explained to them how to buy from the auction.” The events are part of a push for buying local, and the Savor St. Mary’s initiative involves not only persuading locals to buy local, and also to persuade local businesses to buy local. “We’re trying to get the restaurants and markets to have another way to come and buy local,” Sasscer said. “It’s not just these two weeks than you need to go to a restaurant and buy local. We want people to say ‘hey, it was easy enough to buy here at the auction, or at Friendly Hall Farm, let me keep doing that’.” Sasscer said David McKay, CEO of McKay’s Fine Foods, who was at the auction Wednesday morning, is a “role model” for supporting local farmers. “He buys from the local community, puts it McKay, CEO of McKay’s Fine Foods places a bid on locally grown green pepback in his local stores and it gives people the David pers Wednesday at the Loveville Produce Auction. opportunity to find locally-grown produce,”

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Mary Butler, 81 On the evening of June 26, 2010, a wonderful life suddenly came to an end. A very special and much loved person, Mary “Er nell” Butler, 81 of Mechanicsville, MD departed this life and went home to be with the Lord. Ernell was born in Hollywood, MD on May 23, 1929. Ernell was the third child of the late William and Leona Nolan. She was baptized at St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church as a child. Ernell was raised with her siblings on Samson’s Harbor Farm in Mechanicsville, MD, where many of life’s foundational lessons were learned through the simplicity of farm life. She was educated in the St. Mary’s County Public School System, and graduated from Banneker High School in 1946. On 7/17/47, Ernell married the late James Joseph Butler, Jr., and her life’s journey as a wife and exceptional mother began. From that union twelve children were born. Their lives together began in Hollywood, but the family soon relocated to the Oakville area, which became the lifetime family home. Ernell assisted many families throughout her working career. They include The Krush’s, Senator Duff, Colonel Sanford, The Freres, as well as the Maryland State Police. Ernell had a heart of service. She would make regular visits to many sick and shut-in friends, and would go to the nursing home to help lift their spirits. She never allowed race to be a barrier against relationships with people. It is well known that Ernell loved a variety of music genres, and that she could be found listening to and singing at any given time. This included jazz, blues and pop. But, gospel music became her favorite. With her very strong alto voice, she would never hesitate to share songs of comfort and encouragement with others. Two of her favorite hymns were How Great Thou Art and Precious Lord. Throughout her life’s challenges and celebrations, Ernell developed a personal relationship with God and accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Her faith truly became the source of joy and peace. Ernell was a long-time, active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. There, she made herself known to all, and was willing to assist whenever and wherever needed. She was a long-standing member of the choir and the Ladies of Sodality of the church. Ernell had a love for baseball, which began at an early age, when she and her father would sit and “watch the radio”, as the announcers called the game. Her favorite team was the Baltimore Orioles, and she would sit for hours at the television coaching

and cheering them on, even during their many slumps. At the end of the season, she would comment, “Those boys have got to do better next year!” She also enjoyed traveling, and her travels include cities throughout the continental United States and the Caribbean Islands. Her family was of great importance to her, and brought her much joy. With the passing of her mother, Ernell became the matriarch of the family, a position she wore well. She was well respected by all. Everyone looked forward to family gatherings at her home for holidays and summer cookouts because they knew they were guaranteed lively fun, laughter, hospitality, and a smorgasbord of food that would delight their taste buds and leave them walking away from the table wanting more, but realizing that there was not room for another bite. She embraced friends of her family members as her own, and they would routinely become part of her gatherings. Ernell leaves to cherish her memory, her children: Michael, Shirley, Jerry, Deborah, Josephine, Ethel, James, Cindy, Bill and Stephanie; Daughter-in-law, Deborah Butler, future daughter-in-law, Romaine Smith; Son-in-laws - Jay Watts and Steven Adams; Grandchildren - Gregory, Carla, Ernest, Lisa, Christina, Brock, Melissa, and Antoine; Great-Grandchildren – Channing, Brian, Andrew, Sierra, Zachary, Brice, Brandon and Aleiha; Siblings – Veronica Jacob, Henrietta Johnson, Angela Green, Steven Nolan, Doris Bunyon, (Cousin/Sister) Florence Nolan; Brothersin-laws – Earl Jacob, Arthur Green, and Jerry Bunyon; Sisters-in-laws – Shirley Nolan and Gertrude Nolan; a special former Daughter-in-law, Sheila Butler; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Her sons Xavier, and James J. Butler, III, daughter-in-law, Loretta, son-in-law, Casey, and three siblings, Ethel, William, Jr. and Alphonso preceded her in death. Family received friends on Friday, July 2, 2010 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers were recited. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, July 3, 2010 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 29119 Point Lookout Road, Morganza, MD 20660. Interment followed in Queen of Peace Cemetery, Helen, MD. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com.

Mary Long, 91 Mary Lavonia Long, 91, of Waldorf, MD and formerly from Mechanicsville, MD, died June 27, 2010 at her son’s home in Seaford, DE. Born October 3,

1918 in Avenue, MD she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Ida Marie Cheseldine Oliver. She was the loving wife of the late James Aaron Long whom she married in 1938 in Mechanicsville, MD, and he preceded her in death on July 21, 1998. She is survived by her children Raymond A. Long (Joyce) of Seaford, DE, and Robert A. Long (Cathy) of La Plata, MD. Mary is also survived by her brother Stanley Long of Mechanicsville, MD as well as four grandchildren; Dawn L Talley, Terry L. Simmons, James R. Long, Kelly E. Long and three great-grand children; Ryan S. Talley, Stephanie M. Simmons and Jacob R. Simmons. She was preceded in death by her siblings Claude Long, Charles Long, Peter Long, Johnny Long, Eleanor Long, Rae Hill, Eddie Long, Sammy Long, and Philip Long. She worked as a Cafeteria Worker for the Prince George’s County Board of Education. The family received friends on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, where prayers were said. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Thursday, July 1, 2010, in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mechanicsville, MD with Fr. Peter Alliata officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, in Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers were Vernie Long, Frank Long, George Coppage, Ronnie Talley, Ryan Talley and Joe Johnson. Contributions in memory of Mary Lavonia Long be made to Vitas Hospice 100 Commerce Dr, Christiana Corp. Center # 302, Newark, DE 19713. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at

Catherine Mattingly, 58 Cathe r i n e “Cathy” Ann Mattingly, 58 of Holly wood, MD died on July 1, 2010 at her home surrounded by family and friends. Born September 8, 1951 in La Plata, MD she was the daughter of James (Jimmie) Canter, Sr. and the late Marianne M. Canter. She graduated from La Plata High School in 1969. Cathy worked for the Federal Government as a Management Analyst for 38 years retiring June 1, 2009. She is survived by her loving husband The Honorable Charles “Jenks” Mattingly, III who Cathy married on June 18th, 1977; her son Charles “CJ” Mattingly, IV; daughter Kimberly Guy (Brad) and step daughter Bonnie Mattingly; her sisters Mary Beth Gawthrop (Ed), Teri Lou Burch (Joe), and Tina Norris (Mark); her brother Philip “Buster” Canter (Barbara).; along with several

nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her grandchildren Zachary Guy and Abigail Mattingly as well as a step-grandson Steven Dittmer. She had a special place in her heart for three dear friends, Debbie Fairfax, Phyllis Greer and Ashley Merwin. She was preceded in death by her brother James “Butch” Canter, Jr. Her hobbies included Longaberger Baskets, playing bingo, quilting, and family vacations to Ocean City and Disney World, but most of all spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and her two puppies Pepper and Cyann. The family received friends on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, MD, where prayers were said. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, July 8, 2010, in St. John’s Catholic Church, Hollywood, MD at 10 a.m. with Fr. Raymond Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Buster Canter, Mark Norris, Josh Norris, Joe Burch, Chris Mattingly, and Ed Greer. Honorary Pallbearers will be her nieces and nephews, Chrissy Beuchert, Connie Wood, Harry Canter, Kenny Canter, Veronica Norris, Jordon Burch, Trevor Burch, and Jake Canter. Memorial contributions can be made to the scholarship fund c/o Community Bank of Tri-County for Zachary Guy and Abigail Mattingly, Account # 932430415, 25395 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650, Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and St. John’s Building fund 43950 St. John’s Road, Hollywood, MD 20636. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at

Patuxent, MD lodge and a member of the Wildlife Heritage Division. Howard is survived by his daughter’s; Patricia (David) Gatton, of Mechanicsville, MD, Debra (Jeff) Hudson of California, MD and Christy (Vanessa Johnson) Neill of Lexington Park, MD, siblings; John (Joan) Neill of Mechanicsville, MD, Lavern Huggins of Hollywood, MD, Dorothy (Phillip) Spencer of Mechanicsville, MD, and Mickey (Diane) Neill of Hollywood, MD, sister-in-law; Margaret Neill, also survived by 4 grandchildren; Dawn Gatton, Shawna Hale, Haley, and Travis Boswell. In addition to his parents Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Neill, sister; Patricia Neill, brothers; Billy Neill, and Charles Neill, and brotherin-law; Bob Huggins. The family received friends on Thursday, July 1, 2010 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD A Funeral Service was conducted, Friday, July 2, 2010 in the Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in St. George Episcopal Cemetery, Valley Lee, MD Pallbearers were; David Abell, James Abell, Woody Hill, Kirk Fones, Bernie Weeks and Joe P. Dorsey. Honorary pallbearers were; Timmy Neill, David Neill, Mark Fulton, Joey Spencer, Charlie Neill and Schaffer Dorsey. In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, Inc., P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650

Melanie Johnston, 51 Melanie Gay Johnston, 51 of California, MD died July 2, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born November 19, 1958 in Salt Lake City, UT, she was the daughter of Robert and Marilyn Woodward. Melanie was a secretary for St. Mary’s County Government, Public Works Department, retiring in 2008 after 20 years of service. Melanie is survived by her husband, Tom Johnston of California, MD, son; Michael Johnston of California, MD, step-sons; Edwin Johnston of St. Helen, OR and Randy Johnston of Dermune, ID, and sister; Laurie Klein of Midland, MI, also survived by seven grandchildren. Services will be private. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com

Joseph Neill, Jr., 75 Joseph “Howard” Neill, Jr., 75 of Hollywood, MD passed away on June 26, 2010 at his residence. Born June 1, 1935 in Baltimore, MD he was the son of the late Margaret L. and Joseph H. Neill, Sr. Howard was a Waterman, he enjoyed crossbow hunting. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose,

Harry Potter, 77 Harry Edward Potter, 77 of Valley Lee, MD died June 25, 2010 at his home. B o r n May 21, 1933 in New Castle, PA, he was the son of the late Cecil and Blanche Potter. Harry moved to the area in 1972 as a Food Service Manager at St. Mary’s College. After leaving the college, he operated the Ceramic Shoppe in Callaway where he enjoyed meeting people and making many, many friends. He was a member of the Lexington Park Methodist Church where he spent countless hours as a member of the choir and helping out with any special events. Recently, he enjoyed volunteering at the St. Mary’s Hospital Gift Shop where he spent most of his time “conversing” while Barbara handled the gift shop duties. Harry enjoyed playing cards with his friends, watching football and golf with family and

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Continued in general being in the company of others. He loved family and friends and knew no strangers. Harry is survived by his wife Barbara, who he married on March 3, 1956, son DuWayne, (Terri) Potter, of Leonardtown, MD, daughter, Wendy (Keith) Leimbach of El Reno, OK, and sister, Donna (Duane) McFarland of New Castle, PA. Harry also leaves behind 7 grandchildren, David, Steven, Rebecca and Rachel Potter of Leonardtown, MD, Kerri, Katy and Karin Leimbach of El Reno, OK. In addition to his parents, was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald and a son, Dwight Potter. Family received for Harry’s Life Celebration on Thursday, July 1, 2010 in the Lexington Park United Methodist Church, where a Funeral Service was conducted on Friday, July 2, 2010. Interment followed in Ebenezer Cemetery. In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made to the Second District Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1, Valley Lee, MD 20692 and/or St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 527, Leonardtown, MD 20650 Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com

Patrick Riley, Sr., 61 Patrick “Pat” Kelly Riley, Sr. 61, of Great Mills, MD, died June 26,

2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born September 14, 1948 in Pit tsburgh, PA he was the son of the late William Joseph and Eleanor Rose Kelly Riley of

Pittsburgh, PA. Patrick leaves behind his beloved wife of 39 years, Joan Whitten Riley, whom he married on March 17, 1971 at the Church of the Assumption in Bellevue, PA. Patrick is survived by his children Patrick Kelly Riley, Jr. of New Kensington, PA and Coleen Marie Riley Cutchember of Leonardtown, MD, his son-in-law Myron John Cutchember of Leonardtown, MD, and his two grandsons, Donovan Riley Cutchember and Patrick Kelly Cutchember of Leonardtown, MD. Siblings: Rose Marie Matela Riley of Bellevue, PA, Elaine Kostishack of Boston, MA, Linda Brown of Bellevue, PA, Grace Brown of Bellevue, PA, William Riley of Pittsburgh, PA, and James Riley of Middletown, NY. He also leaves behind numerous brothers and sisters-in law, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is predeceased by his nephew, William Riley originally of Middletown, NY.

Patrick grew up on the North Side of Pittsburgh and graduated from North Hills High School in 1966. After 14 years of service to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and as a leader of the Independent State Store Union (ISSU), he chose to return to college. At age 39, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and German. Patrick began his career with the Department of the Navy on February 13, 1989 as an intern in the Contract Specialist Program at the Naval Air Development Center in Warminster, PA. Patrick retired after more than 20 years of service as a Contract Specialist with the Department of the Navy, serving most of his time at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Pax River, MD. He also enjoyed assignments in St. Inigoes, MD, Rota, Spain, and Mayport, Florida. During his service, he received several recognition awards, service awards, and made countless friends as he was a dedicated worker with an unmatched sense of humor. Patrick was an avid reader, primarily of non-fiction books, and he enjoyed traveling, astronomy, electrical circuitry, compasses, and physical fitness. His favorite movies were Becket, And Justice for All, The Godfather, Rocky, Casino, and Goodfellas. He was happiest when spending time with his wife and children, and

most especially, his grandsons. Visitation for his Maryland friends, co-workers, and extended family was on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown, MD. A second day of visitation was on Friday, July 2, 2010, at O’Brien’s Funeral Home in Pittsburgh, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, July 3, 2010 at the Church of the Assumption in Bellevue, PA with Fr. Ricky Thompson officiating. Interment followed at the Christ the Redeemer / North Side Catholic Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Patrick can be made to Habitat for Humanity, 121 Habitat St, Americus, GA 31709 (You may earmark donations for St. Mary’s County, MD or Pittsburgh, PA)

Mary Travers, 60 Mary “A n n e t t e ” Angenet Travers, 60, of Lexington Park, St. Mary’s County, MD, died July 2, 2010 in Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, MD. Born January 27, 1950 in Drayden, MD. Annette was the daughter of the late George L. and Frances L. Morgan Travers. She was the lifelong partner of James R. Dyson, Jr. She is also survived by her son Stanley R. Travers of Lexington Park, MD as well as her siblings; George T. Travers of Great Mills, MD, Frances E. Morgan, Julia L. Wood and Mary A. Morgan all of Lexington Park, MD, James C. Morgan of Ridge, MD and Eric M. Morgan of Solomon’s, MD as well as two Grandchildren. Annette is preceded in death by her daughter Lisa M. Travers and her siblings; Mavis M. Travers, Marion R. House, Stevenson T. Morgan, Calvin Morgan and Leundus Morgan. She was a lifelong county resident where she attended St. Mary’s County public schools and became a Program Assistant for the Patuxent River Naval Air Station’s Child Development Center where she worked for over twenty years before retiring in 2006. The family will receive friends on Friday, July 9, 2010 from 10 – 11 a.m. in St. Mark UAME Church, Valley Lee, MD, where services will be held at 11 a.m. with Rev. Rovonzo Brown officiating. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be James H. Bryan, James E. Kelly, Jr., Lorne A. Whalen, Johnnie L. Brooks, Sr., Christopher C. Roach, Sr. and Marvin D. Whalen. Honorary Pallbearers are Pete House, Jr., Laverne V. Roach, George F. Travers and Allen E. Miles To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Donna Yager, 56 Donna M. Yager, 56 of Leonardtown, MD passed away on July 1, 2010 at her residence. B o r n September 21, 1953 in Elyria, Ohio, she was the daughter of Louise Kruder of Mt. Gilead, Oh and Frank Kuenzer of Pas Christian, MS. Donna attended Mt. Gilead High School in Ohio, graduating in 1971. On February 15, 1974, Donna married Charles (Cork) Yager in Marion, OH. Cork rejoined the Navy in 1975 and later retired after 20 years of service in 1990. They thoroughly enjoyed their duty sites, which included Oahu, Hawaii, Millington, TN, Guam and Patuxent River, MD. They were stationed in Patuxent River, MD in 1984 and have made it their home since, first in Lexington Park and later, Leonardtown, MD. They still keep in contact with so many wonderful people they met along the way during their military career. Donna worked as a financial analyst for Defense Contractor EMA/ SAIC since 1992. Prior to that, she was employed for seven years by Tracor, now known as BAE. In addition to her parents Donna is survived by her husband; Charles (Cork) Yager, sons; Cory E. (Lisa) Yager and Shaun M. (Amber) Yager, grandsons; Connor E. and Blake J. Yager, siblings; Diana (Bob) Clouse of Columbus, OH, Steve (Linda) Kuenzer, of Mt. Gilead, OH, Roger (Kim) Kuenzer of Mt. Gilead, OH. Donna was preceded in death by her stepfather, George Kruder and mother-in-law, Joann Bush. Her greatest joy was her family. She was blessed with two sons and two grandsons, who absolutely filled her life with love and beauty. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, cooking, gardening and spending time with friends. Donna attended 1st Saints Community Church in Leonardtown, MD. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Judes Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, Hospice of St. Mary’s Inc., P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or Autism Speaks, 5455 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

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The Board of Education approved the purchase and installation of three modular units from the school system’s cooperative purchasing agreement between the Baltimore County School System and Modular Genius, the vendor who has agreed to supply the units for Leonardtown, Dynard and Lettie Marshall Dent elementary schools. The question remains over whether the new units, which each measure 24 by 64 feet and contain two classrooms, will be enough to tide each school over as the schools edge closer to their projected capacities. Chief Operating Officer Brad Clements told The County Times that all three schools are suffering seat shortages, with enrollment expected to increase in the next few years. With relocatables, Leonardtown Elementary is expecting a 34-seat shortage next year, said Clements, adding that Dynard is currently 49 seats short, and Lettie Marshall Dent is expecting an 89-seat shortage in the next year. These numbers are based on the county’s 10-year projections of school capacity, which includes relocatables and aims to have fewer than 25 students in each class at the elementary school level.

The completion date for the installation of the new relocatables, which will cost $375,394 with a construction contingency fund of $25,000, is set for Fall 2010, and in the meantime Clements said that installation shouldn’t affect classroom instruction. “The schools will use science labs for extra classroom space in the meantime,” he said, “so we don’t want it to affect instructional programs, so we’ll take spaces like the science lab … for the two-month period at the beginning of the year.” Clements said he didn’t consider the school system’s reliance on relocatables as a negative, but that St. Mary’s County had suffered the least of the state’s overcrowding problems in the classroom. “I think we’re in much better shape than some counties … we have relocatables for two reasons. One is capacity… and we also have them for programs, because we staff at a lower rate than the state,” he said, going on to say that the school system is only now getting to the point where capacity projections can support a new school. And while some may see relocatables as a negative, “they do allow us to have smaller class sizes,” said Clements, “and as long as you’re in a growing community, they’ll be there.”

Outgoing student board member Emily Hall was recognized during the Board of Education’s June 30 meeting for her service as the student member of the Board of Education of St. Mary’s County. As a 2010 graduate of Chopticon High School, Emily plans to attend Frostburg State University in the fall, and her goal is to return to SMCPS as a teacher. Here she is picture with Board of Education Chairman Bill Mattingly immediately following the recognition. (Submitted Photo)

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Rachel Fedderson, from Greenview Knolls Elementary School, was recently named the Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Award winner for St. Mary’s County by the Maryland State Department of Education and Comcast. This awards program is a statewide initiative recognizing parents and legal guardians for their exceptional support of public education. Parents are nominated for demonstrating significant, positive impact in their communities. Michael Martirano, superintendent of schools, is pictured here congratulating Fedderson at the Board of Education meeting held on June 30. (Submitted Photo)


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Systemic renovations on HVAC systems at Oakville and Greenview Knolls Elementary Schools have been reverted in light of a combination of increased costs and the timing of funding requests, say school officials, who presented the recommendation to revert the projects at the Board of Education’s recent meeting on June 30. The school system received funding for the HVAC systemic renovations at Oakville Elementary School in both FY 2009 and FY 2010, and for Greenview Knolls Elementary School in FY 2010, but both projects have increased in cost since the funding was first approved, due in part to the added headache of asbestos removal, which is projected to cost over $1.5 million for both schools. At Oakville Elementary School, the scope of work has changed due to the amount of asbestos removal and the oil tanks needing to be removed due to testing, increasing the cost by approximately $700,000. At Greenview Knolls, increased asbestos removal and the requirement of fire sprinklers for the entire building have pushed costs up by $1 million. When the State funded the Oakville project in FY 2009, the school system did not receive local design funding in FY 2009, so the project was delayed one year. The increased scope of work as well as the delay in local design funding did not allow the project to be placed under contract by the required May 30 deadline, so the FY 2009 State portion of the funding was reverted. If the project were to go forward this past spring, the

school system would have needed $1.4 million in local funding to award the contract. Reverting the Oakville project, however, opens it up for reintroduction as part of the school system’s Capital Improvements program for FY 2012, at which point the state will contribute 75 percent of the cost, and reverting renovations at Greenview Knolls Elementary School until 2013 will give the school system the same advantage. Chief Operating Officer Brad Clements told The County Times that the State’s fiscal crisis has thankfully had little impact on Capital Improvements projects in St. Mary’s County, and he feels confident that the reverted requests will be approved, partly because the funding requests are comparatively modest. “Back in the 1990s when we were renovating our high schools, we got as much as $13 to $18 million from the State,” he said, adding that the school system is only asking for $73,000 from the State to complete limited renovations at Leonardtown Middle School. “I think we’ll be able to receive the funding for the projects we’re asking for, which is about one million to 1.5 million,” he said, “in more recent years we’ve gotten five or six million a year.” Planning approval for the County’s new elementary school is expected to take precedence over extensive renovations projects, but Clements said that he expects renovations at Oakville Elementary to be approved by December, with bidding in January and February and asbestos removal occurring over the summer months. The same process would be followed at Greenview Knolls the following year.

DiRenzo Appointed as Principal at Mechanicsville Elementary

Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano, announces the administrative appointment made by the Board of Education at its meeting of June 30. The Board appointed Mr. Jeffrey DiRenzo to the position of principal at Mechanicsville Elementary School. He replaces Ms. Barbara Feeney who retired. Mr. DiRenzo most recently served as an assistant principal at Greenview Knolls Elementary School. His experience also includes serving as an assistant principal at Lexington Park El-

ementary and a fourth grade teacher at Hollywood Elementary. Prior to joining the school system in 2006, Mr. DiRenzo served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal at La Gloria Elementary School in Gonzales, CA. He earned a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Chapman University and a Bachelor’s degree in forest resource management from Virginia Tech. His appointment is effective immediately.

McCaslin Wins Annual Women & Math High School Essay Contest

Mia McCaslin of Port Tobacco submitted the winning essay in the annual Women & Math essay contest sponsored by the College of Southern Maryland’s mathematics, physics and engineering division. “I have always been interested in math and I am currently enrolled in algebra two honors class and plan on taking pre-calculus and trigonometry next year,” said high school sophomore McCaslin. “The goal of the essay contest is to get young girls to interact with professional women in the STEM fields, in order to learn about the challenges and how to pursue careers in those related fields,” said Sandra Poinsett, CSM professor of mathematics. For her essay, McCaslin interviewed Adrianne Cooper, a computer and flight test engineer with NAVAIR. The essay contest is part of the college’s ongoing efforts to promote the fields of science, technology, engineering and math and to encourage young women to enter these fields. McCaslin was awarded a $250 gift card.


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Confessions o Beauty Queen St. Mary’s Native Competing in Miss Maryland USA By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer Chelsea Long, 21, from Valley Lee, smiled as she sipped her coffee outside the Coffee Quarter at San Souci Plaza, nodding toward an almost-empty parking lot as she explained what brought her back to St. Mary’s County after studying in California. “I went to school for two years in California. I went to Golden State Baptist College, and I was doing two years of secretarial study. Then I moved back here because I wanted to do theater,” she said, “and I decided that secretarial work and teaching really isn’t for me.” Since coming home, Chelsea said she’s been looking for acting opportunities, but in the meantime one has already landed in her lap, and

she’ll be competing in the Miss Maryland USA pageant this fall. “It’s my first time in a pageant in a while. When I was a baby I did pageants. My mom put me in them, and I won runner up at St. Mary’s County Fair when I was like one year old … and then a pageant called Star Spangled Teen, I won for my age group and I got the photogenic award, so my last pageant was probably when I was four years old,” she explained, go-

ing on to comment on how the competitions had fostered her self-confidence at that age. Being onstage is nothing new for Chelsea, as she’s been studying drama and playing roles with the Newtowne Players, most recently acting in their January production of “Over the River and Through the Woods,” and it was while searching for other acting opportunities that Chelsea said she stumbled upon the pageant. “I was researching auditions for local theater or local film projects, and that’s how I found Miss Maryland,” she said, “so I applied online and they had someone contact me for the phone interview.” Miss Maryland USA will feature young women from

across the state of Maryland, all vying for the chance to compete in the national Miss USA pageant, which is a Donald Trump and NBC Universal joint venture operating in the same system as Miss Universe –not to be confused with Miss America, a separate pageant/scholarship program which operates with a “platform concept” and requires a talent showcase as well as the beauty contest. The Miss Maryland USA pageant will be held October

29-31 at the North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda. The first rounds will consist of preliminary interviews for each contestant, which are judged by a panel on Saturday, followed by group judging in the swimsuit and evening gown categories. Contestants then have a dancing number before the final contestants are announced on Sunday, followed by another round of swimsuit and evening gown judging. And after that will come the ever-dreaded stage interview question, which Chelsea said could cover any number of topics. “I’ve started Googling things to find out what questions that they ask contestants, and trying to get more information, but I’m not stressing about it that much yet,” said Chelsea, adding later that she plans to get a pageant coach to help her prepare for the competition. And the payoff could be considerable, she said. The winner of the Miss Maryland USA pageant in 2009 took home an official crown and banner, an engraved trophy, $3,000 in cash prizes, gift certificates, scholarships, clothes, jewelry, and a complete training and makeover package to go with representing the state of Maryland at the national Miss USA competition, which this year will be telecast live on NBC Universal from the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas. It seems like a lot of pressure, but Chelsea said she’s gotten past the initial jitters and she’s looking forward to getting back onstage. “I guess going up there you just have to have confidence,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what you wear or what you say, really, you just have to have confidence and believe in your answers.”


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Hollywood Vol. Fire Department not only hosted the biggest fireworks display in St. Mary’s County this year, but also paved the way for the 155 cars, trucks and bikes that were registered for the 2nd Annual Car, Truck and Bike show on Saturday, which included everything from Harley Davidson custom cycles to antique fire trucks. More than 40 trophies were given out for the day’s top picks, which were judged by a guest panel that included Hollywood Volunteer firefighters and friends of the department, and the Best of Show went to John Matthews (pictured above) for his 1966 Chevy Chevelle SS. Matthews, who drove to Hollywood on Saturday from Accokeek to register in the show, said he was surprised to win the award, but proud to earn the bragging rights. “It was my first time, and I came down late,” he said, going on to say that he wouldn’t be staying for the fireworks show. “Believe it or not, I’ve got to go home and get my family so we can go out and celebrate tonight,” he said.


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• Flumpa® and Friends Live performs July 12 The next Professional Performance will be an interactive musical science adventure performed by Flumpa® on July 12. Charlotte Hall’s performance will be at 10 a.m. at White Marsh Elementary School, Leonardtown’s at 12:30 p.m. at Leonardtown Elementary and Lexington Park’s at 3 p.m. at the library. The Board of Library Trustees is sponsoring this performer. • Children to explore early life on the Potomac St. Clements Island Museum staff will present a hands-on program for children ages 5-12 on July 15 at Charlotte Hall at 10 a.m., at Leonardtown at 12:30 p.m., and at Lexington Park at 3 p.m. They will explore the importance of the Potomac River to earlier residents. Registration is required. • Free teen programs offered Teens ages 12 and older can register for a drawing class at Lexington Park from 10 a.m. to 11:30 on either July 10 or July 24. The class is taught by John Busby. Launching rockets, sinking subs and making impossible objects float are only a part of the fun activities planned at Splashdown Science, a hands-on program for teens offered July 13 at 1 p.m. at Leonardtown, July 21 at 2 p.m. at Charlotte Hall and July 22 at 2 p.m. at Lexington Park. Old clothes are recommend-

ed. Registration is required. Computer programs are also offered for teens to learn advance techniques of photo editing or to compete online in Battleship tournaments for prizes. Times and dates of these programs are listed on the library’s website. • Quilters invited to tea Quilters are invited to an afternoon tea with Diane Fenwick of Olde Towne Stitchery and fellow quilters on July 16 at 2:30 p.m. at Leonardtown. They will also learn about The Heart of Maryland Libraries Quilt, which will be on display at Leonardtown from July 7 through July 30. • Branson Missouri performer portrays Mark Twain Dave Ehlert, a favorite at Branson, MO will perform his award-winning portrayal of Mark Twain at Lexington Park on July 21 at 7 p.m. Filled with timeless humor and comedy, the performance will take a look at life through the eyes of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. The performance is free. • LEGOs and storytimes combined Children can create beach “stuff” with LEGOs while listening to a beach story at Charlotte Hall on July 14 and Leonardtown on July 21. Both start at 2 p.m. LEGOs are provided. Children are asked not to bring their own LEGOs.

Fox 5 Coming to Leonardtown Leonardtown will be landing on the map on Friday, July 9, when Fox 5 D.C. features the town on their morning show as part of their Hometowns Series, which airs on Fridays throughout the month of July. Crews will set up at Leonardtown Wharf from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and there will be a roaming reporter collecting comments from the crowd. If you are planning to be in Leonardtown that morning, it is suggested that you tape or TIVO Fox’s morning broadcast on Friday for a chance to see yourself on television! For more information on Fox 5’s Hometowns series, go to www.myfoxdc. com/subindex/mornings/hometowns.

Auditions Announced for Neil Simon’s Rumors The Newtowne Players announce open auditions for the upcoming production of Rumors, a comedy by Neil Simon. There are parts for five men and five women of all ages. People interested in helping with the technical and support crew are also welcome. The show runs Sept. 24 through Oct. 10. Rumors features four couples gathered at the home of a deputy New York City mayor and his wife to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. The party never begins because the host has shot himself in the head (it’s only a flesh wound), and his wife is missing. His lawyer’s cover-up gets progressively more difficult to sustain as the other guests arrive and

nobody can remember who has been told what about whom. Hilarity abounds as the couples get more and more crazed. Auditions will be held July 6 and 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the lobby of Three Notch Theatre on 21744 South Coral Drive in Lexington Park. Auditions will be readings from the script; no prepared material is necessary. If you cannot make these times but wish to work either onstage or backstage for this production, contact Director Dawn Weber at 240-577-1933. For more information about volunteer opportunities or other upcoming programs, please visit


A Guide to Your Local Churches


Going the Distance An Independent Baptist Church and Academy

BAHA’I FAITH “Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship”

Discussions every 3rd Friday, 7:30 pm 301-884-8764 • 1-800-22-UNITE or



Sunday School Worship Service Sunday Evening Wed. Prayer & Bible Study

10:00 am 11:00 am 7:00 pm 7:00 pm

…Making a Difference Golden Beach Rd. Charlotte Hall, MD 20622 • 301-884-8503 Robert W. Kyner, Pastor



(Meeting at Mechanicsville Elementary School) Pastor Carl Snyder Worship Service: 10:00 am Phone: 301-884-3504 • Website: John 8:32 Member of fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches


St. Cecelia Church

Calvary Baptist Church 301 862-4435

Meeting at: Home Towne Center Conference Room Sunday School: 10 A.M. (2nd bldg. north of Naval Air Museum) Sunday Services: 11 A.M. & 6 P.M. 22196 Three Notch Rd. (Rt. 235) Lexington Park, MD Wednesday Bible Study & Prayer: 7 P.M.

HUGHESVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH A member of the Southern Baptist Convention 8505 Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637 301-884-8645 or 301-274-3627 Pastor Keith Corrick Associate Pastor Kevin Cullins

10:30am 9:15 am 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Virgil Mass: Sunday: Weekday (M-F): Confessions:

4:30 pm Saturday 8:00 am 7:30 am 3-4 pm Saturday


St. John’s United Episcopal

North Sandgates Rd. (1/4 Mile in, on the left) Mechanicsville Traditional 1928 Prayerbook Services 10:00 am Sunday Father Joseph H. Dobson, Jr., Rector Father John Ayres, Assistant 301-373-3862 or


Grace Chapel Offering worship and serving opportunities at… First Friendship campus – Ridge 9:00 am Traditional worshipc St George Island campus – Piney Point 9:45 am Children and Adult Sunday School 11:00 am Traditional worship St. Paul’s campus – Leonardtown 8:05 am Traditional worshipna 9:15 am Contemporary worshipnca(ASL Interpreted) 10:45 am Contemporary worshipnca 6:00 pm The Refinery (interactive worship)nc n – nursery provided c- children’s Sunday school also available a- adult Sunday school also available

47950 Mattapany Rd, PO Box 429 St. Mary’s City, MD 20686 301-862-4600

Independent, Fundamental & KJV Bible-believing Home of 88.1 FM, All Christian Radio (mailing address & church office: 46365 Pegg Ln., Lexington Park, MD 20653)

• Sunday Morning Worship • Sunday School (all ages) • Sunday Evening Worship & Bible Study • Wednesday Discipleship Classes (Adults, youth & Children)



Patuxent Presbyterian Church California, Maryland 301-863-2033

Rev Michael R. Jones, Senior Pastor 1 miles South of Thomas Johnson Bridge on Rt. 4

Sunday Morning Worship Services: 8:30 am & 11:00 am Sunday School 9:45 am With Nursery care Website: E-mail:

Running the 2nd & 4th Week of Each Month 301.475.7200

To Advertise in the Church Services Directory, Call The County Times at 301-373-4125

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Thursday, July 8 • $40 Hold’Em Tournament Donovan’s Pub (California) – 7 p.m.

Friday, July 9 • 6th Annual St. Mary’s County National Lawn Mower Racing Tournament Bowles Farm (Clements) – 5 p.m. Racers from across the country will compete in the St. Mary’s County National Lawn Mower Races. Other activities for the whole family are included. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday, and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Admission. For more information call 301-475-2139 or visit • FOP Texas Hold’Em Tournament FOP-7 Lodge (Great Mills) – 7 p.m. • New Song Coffee House & Concert Church of the Nazarene (Leonardtown) – 7 p.m. Live worship music will be presented by The Itzel Family ( A good will love offering will be received. • River Concert Series: A Grand Night of Singing St. Mary’s College (Historic St. Mary’s City) – 7 p.m. The Chesapeake Orchestra and Larry Vote, guest conductor, welcome Michelle Johnson (soprano), Olivia Vote (mezzo-soprano) and Brian Majors (baritone) for an evening of Opera Aria Highlights. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 240-895-4107 or visit

Saturday, July 10 • Yard & Homemade Bake Sale St Francis Xavier Parish Hall (Compton) – 7 a.m. On Newtown Neck Rd., fresh homemade baked goods and community yard sale. • Free Community Yoga Practice Leonardtown Wharf – 7:30 a.m. The community is invited to participate in free morning yoga from 7:30 - 8:30 am, weather permitting. Yoga practice will be held either waterside at the Leonardtown pier, or in the Leonardtown Square. Participants should bring their own yoga mat, water bottle, hand towel, and a canned food item for donation. For more information contact Pat at 301-373-8850. • Multi-Family Yard Sale Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy (Leonardtown) – 8 a.m. Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy is hosting a huge yard sale on school grounds. This is a multi-family yard sale with many items such as books, bikes, game systems and games, housewares, children’s toys, etc. The school is located at 41740 Baldridge St. in Leonardtown. Visit the website for more information at • 1st Annual Unity in the Community Day Chancellors Run Regional Park (Great Mills) – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Tree of Life Christian Deliverance Ministries (T.O.L.C.D.M.), the event will include free health screenings, basketball tournaments, children’s games, door prizes and more. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to www. or call 301-737-1310.

• Point Lookout Lighthouse Open House Point Lookout Lighthouse (Scotland) – 10 a.m. The Point Lookout Lighthouse will be open to visitors from 10 am until 2 pm. Docents from the Point Lookout Lighthouse Preservation Society will be on hand to answer questions. No charge to enter the lighthouse, but standard park entrance fees apply: $5 per person in-state, $6 per person for out-of-state. Donations greatly appreciated, and all funds go toward restoring the lighthouse to the 1927 time period. For additional information, please visit our website at, or email • Second Hope Rescue Pet Adoptions Petco (California) – 11 a.m. For more information, call 240-925-0628 or email To see available animals, visit • Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival St. Clement’s Island Museum (Colton’s Point) – 1 p.m. Music by Matt Marshak, Plunky & Oneness and Jackie Joyner. Vendors will be there to offer food and drinks. Tickets are $50 per person by advance sale only. Only 800 tickets are available. All sales are final. No coolers, pets or large umbrellas allowed. Ticket price includes free parking, admission to the museum and an optional boat excursion to St. Clement’s Island from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the St. Clement’ Island Museum at 301-769-2222 or going to the website at www.stmarysmd. com/recreate/museums. • Special Olympics No Limit Cash Game Bennett Bldg.-24930 Old Three Notch Rd (Hollywood) – 4 p.m. For more information call 240-577-0240 or 240-286-7964. • Texas Hold’Em Vegas Night Leonardtown Vol. Fire Department – 6 p.m. For more information contact Kevin Mattingly at 301-475-9178, or go to http://www. • St. Mary’s River Concert Series – On Location Leonardtown Square – 7 p.m. The River Concert Series Brass Ensemble will perform on the Square in Leonardtown. Please note that the concert scheduled for Saturday, July 17 has been cancelled. For more information, go to

Sunday, July 11 • All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast 2nd District Vol. Fire Department/Rescue Squad (Lexington Park) – 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Adults are $8.00; children between the ages of 6 thru 12 are $4.00; children 5 and under are free. Sponsored by the 2nd District VFD & RS Auxiliary. For more information, call 301-994-9999. • Benefit Dance Mechanicsville Firehouse – 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dance to benefit Wayne Baird, who is currently battling cancer. Event will include a fried chicken dinner, hot dogs, burgers and fries for sale, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Live music by the Wanderers. Admission $10. • FOP Texas Hold’Em Tournament FOP-7 Lodge (Great Mills) – 2 p.m.

• “Put a Cork in Cancer” Wine Tasting Event Guenther’s Fine Wine and Spirits (Leonardtown) – 2 p.m. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will be hosting “Put a Cork in Cancer” with an afternoon of wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. For tickets and more information, visit www. or contact Elaine Koogler in Calvert County at 410-610-0846, or Sue Lyddon-Hayes in St. Mary’s County at 301-475-0329. • Texas Hold’Em Big Game Park Bingo Hall (California) – 2:30 p.m. For more information or to register, email or call 301-643-5573. No email on the day of the event. • $35 No Limit Hold’Em Bennett Bldg.-24930 Old Three Notch Rd (Hollywood) – 7 p.m. Chance to win $5,000. For more information call 240-577-0240 or 240-286-7964.

Monday, July 12 • Patuxent Partnership Briefing: Adm. Gary Roughead Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (California) – 8 a.m. The Patuxent Partnership invites its Members and the Regional Community to a briefing with Special Guest Speaker, Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations, at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, Building 2, Center Hall, 44219 Airport Road, California, MD. For more information or to register, go to cfm?action=CL2&Entry=179. • Environmental Awareness Week – Vacation Bible School First Missionary Baptist Church (Lexington Park) – 5:30 p.m. Located at 47359 Lincoln Ave., Lexington Park. For ages 3 and up, all welcome to join in Bible-based discussions, crafts and other activities. Call 301-863-8388 to register or for more information. • Low-Cost Rabies Clinic St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds (Leonardtown) – 6 p.m. Vaccines are $10 each. Open from 68pm. All crated or leashed animals welcomed (or our vet will come to your car to vaccinate your pet). For more information go to www. • Mega Sports Camp Living Word Community Church (Mechanicsville) – 6 p.m. Located at 39371 Harpers Corner Rd., for children entertain grades 1-5, July 12-16 from 6 to 9 p.m. Participants can choose basketball or baseball. Space is limited. For more information go to or call 301-884-0167. • Newtowne Players’ Open Auditions: Rumors Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park) – 7 p.m. The Newtowne Players announce open auditions for the upcoming production of Rumors, a comedy by Neil Simon. There are parts for five men and five women of all ages. The show runs Sept. 24 through Oct. 10. Auditions will readings from the script; no prepared material is necessary. If you cannot make these times but wish to work either onstage or backstage for this production, contact Director Dawn Weber at 240-577-1933. For more information about volunteer opportunities or

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other upcoming programs, please visit www. • No Limit Texas Hold’Em “Bounty” Tournament St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge (California) – 7 p.m. For more information call the Lodge at 301-863-7800, or Linda at 240-925-5697. • Hold’Em Tournament – No Rake Donovan’s Pub (California) – 7:30 p.m. For more information call Barry at 443486-3319, or email Road2Scholarship@yahoo. com.

Tuesday, July 13 • Mega Sports Camp Living Word Community Church (Mechanicsville) – 6 p.m. Located at 39371 Harpers Corner Rd., for children entertain grades 1-5, July 12-16 from 6 to 9 p.m. Participants can choose basketball or baseball. Space is limited. For more information go to or call 301-884-0167. • CSM Twilight Performance Series: Fitzmaurice Band College of Southern Maryland (Leonardtown campus) – 6:45 p.m. Part of CSM’s Twilight Performance Series, the band plays original compositions influenced by a variety of musical genres such as country, folk and jazz. Each week the series features a different performance on each campus. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, no alcoholic beverages permitted. The concert is free. For more information, call 301-934-7828, 240-725-5499, 443-550-6199, or 301-870-2309, Ext. 7828 - or visit • $35 No Limit Hold’Em Bennett Bldg.-24930 Old Three Notch Rd (Hollywood) – 7 p.m. Chance to win $5,000. For more information call 240-577-0240 or 240-286-7964.

Wednesday, July 14 • Home-Based Business Roundtable Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (California) – 9:30 a.m. The St. Mary’s County Department of Economic & Community Development presents a home-based business Roundtable Meeting. The Agenda includes a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from Askey Askey & Associates discussing best accounting practices for home-based businesses. The event is free but you must RSVP by calling Cheri Noffsinger at 301-475-4200 ext. 1400, or by emailing Cheri. • Nature Time at Greenwell Greenwell State Park (Hollywood) – 10 a.m. Pre-registration (no later than 24 hours in advance) is required via email - lpranzo@ - or by calling the Greenwell Foundation office at 301-373-9775. • Mega Sports Camp Living Word Community Church (Mechanicsville) – 6 p.m. Located at 39371 Harpers Corner Rd., for children entertain grades 1-5, July 12-16 from 6 to 9 p.m. Participants can choose basketball or baseball. Space is limited. For more information, go to or call 301-884-0167. • $35 No Limit Hold’Em Bennett Bldg.-24930 Old Three Notch Rd (Hollywood) – 7 p.m. Chance to win $5,000. For more information call 240-577-0240 or 240-286-7964.


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Thursday, July 8, 2010

TEXAS HOLD’EM/LAS VEGAS NIGHT At Leonardtown Fire House Saturday, July 10, 2010

Beat the heat at the JumpYard Indoor Inflatable Play and Party Center

Texas Hold ”em” at 6:00 PM 1st Place Winner $1,500.00 Top 9 Players Will Be a Winner

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2nd Place: $750 • 3rd Place: $375 • 4th Place: $225 • 5th Place: $200 6th Place: $175 • 7th Place: $150 • 8th Place: $125 • 9th Place: $100

$60 Entry Fee Limited to 100 People (Prize Money May Be Adjusted If Less Than 100 People)

Includes Entry Fee for Las Vegas Night

Las Vegas Night at 7:30 PM Must be 21 to enter

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The County Times The County Times is always looking for more local talent to feature! To submit art or band information for our entertainment section, e-mail

Thursday, July 8 • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band CJ’s Back Room (Lusby) – 5 p.m. • Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m.

Twilight Concert Series Goes ‘Beyond Boundaries’

• Thirsty Thursdays Karaoke Cadillac Jack’s (Lexington Park) – 8 p.m.

Campus, and on July 15 at the Prince Frederick Campus. Performing July 20-22 is Terence McArdle and Big Trouble, a band from D.C. that have evolved from a harmonica-dominated Chicago blues band into a hybrid act including heavy doses of R&B, swing, be-bop and rockabilly. Since forming in 1992, the members of Big Trouble have played with several well-known acts including James Cotton, Little Jimmy King, Smokey Wilson, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Johnny Rawls and Bobby Radcliff.

Tuesday night saw the kick-off event for the Twilight Concert Series at the College of Southern Maryland, which this year promises to take audience members “Beyond Boundaries,” a fitting theme considering the opening Chautauqua performances at each campus, featuring scholars playing Thurgood Marshall, Frederick Law Olmsted Terence McArdle and Big Trouble and Sacagawea, historical characters that broke the mold with their civic and social contributions. “The idea is to bring a program that is both educational and entertaining to communities around Maryland, and the College of Southern Maryland is one of those,” said Lisa Keir, of the Maryland Humanities Council, describing this year’s historical Rounding out this year’s Twilight Concert characters as “fence jumpers” and “boundary Series from July 27-29 will be Alegria, a Latin busters.” jazz trio headed by guitarist Peter Richardson, Keith Hight, Assistant Professor and The- formerly a student at the Duke Ellington School ater Technical Director for CSM’s Communi- of the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. cations, Arts and Humanities division, said he Joining Richardson are Bob Bowen, a freelance was excited to sign on for his first year with the electric and acoustic bass player who boasts a Twilight Series, and he was especially encour- Music Business degree from Radford Univeraged to see the Chautauqua performances open- sity (where he studied with Ed Mikenas), and ing the series. drummer Drex Weaver, a graduate of the Berk“I just call it the history channel that lee College of Music in Boston. moves, but I’m really excited. We even have our students do a living history for class, so I’m Alegria hoping they’ll be able to come to these performances and see that I wasn’t crazy for asking them to do a living history themselves,” said Hight, laughing. Nkeshi Free, CSM’s Community Relations Coordinator, carried on the boundary-busting theme as she described this year’s musical performers, each of which represent a unique marriage of cultures and songwriting styles. “Next week we have The Fitzmaurice Band, and they’re just a really cool band,” she “The whole point is to not be limited,” said said, going on to add Free as she described this that they’ve recently The Fitzmaurice Band year’s series, centering on been selected as a individuals and groups that possible opening act consistently bend the odds for Bon Jovi’s upas well as the ears, busting coming tour. boundaries as they go. Maria Fitzmaurice and her twin The Twilight Concert Sesister Sarah started ries will feature performancthe band in Bowie es at the College of Southern with fellow musiMaryland on Tuesdays at cians Brandon Snelthe Leonardtown campus, lings, Mike Simms Wednesdays at the La Plata and Aaron Malone, Campus, and Thursdays at combining influthe Prince Frederick campus, ences from bluegrass and country to jazz, clas- with shows beginning around 6:45 p.m. All consical, international folk and classic rock. They’ll certs are free and open to the public. For more be performing next Tuesday, July 13 at CSM’s information, go to Leonardtown campus, on July 14 at the La Plata

• After Hours Lounge (Live Music/DJ) Chef’s American Bistro (California) – 10 p.m.

Saturday, July 10 • Sloe Jim w/ Mike Riedel Gilligan’s Pier (Newburg) – 3 p.m. • ShallowDeep Far East Beach Concierge Camping (Piney Point) – 4 p.m. • Dylan Galvin Isaac’s Restaurant & Pub – Holiday Inn (Solomons) – 5 p.m.

• Ladies DJ Dance Night Hula’s Bungalow (California) • Fair Warning Irish Pub – 8 p.m. Band DB McMillan’s (California) • Open Mic Night – 5 p.m. Cadillac Jack’s (Lexington Park) – 8 p.m. • Randy Richie (jazz piano) Café des Artistes (Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m.*

Friday, July 9

• Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m.

• Dave & Kevin Ruddy Duck Brewery (Solomons) – 7 p.m.

• Fair Warning Irish Pub Band Donovan’s Pub (California) – 5 p.m.

• Karaoke Night OCI Pub (Piney Point) – 8 p.m.

• Randy Richie (jazz piano) Café des Artistes (Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m.*

• Loose Kannon CJ’s Back Room (Lusby) – 8 p.m.

• Dylan Galvin Ruddy Duck Brewery (Solomons) – 7 p.m.

• The Not So Modern Jazz Quartet Westlawn Inn (North Beach) – 8 p.m.

• DJ/Line Dancing Hotel Charles (Hughesville) – 7:30 p.m. • Country Music Jam Session St. Mary’s Landing (Charlotte Hall) – 8 p.m.

• DJ Mango Lexington Lounge (Lexington Park) – 9 p.m. • Karaoke w/ DJ Tommy T & DJ T Applebee’s (California) – 9 p.m.

• Ladies DJ Dance Night Hula’s Bungalow (California) • Miles From Clever – 8 p.m. Cryer’s Back Road Inn • Wolfs Music: Lisa Lim & (Leonardtown) – 9 p.m. Over the Limit Murphy’s Pub (Bryans Road) • No Green JellyBeenz Gilligan’s Pier (Newburg) – 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. • Bent Nickel Jake & Al’s (Lusby) – 9 p.m. • One Louder Vera’s White Sands Beach • Karaoke Club (Lusby) – 9 p.m. Club 911 (Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m. • Sam Grow Apehanger’s Bar (Bel Alton) • Poison Whiskey – 9 p.m. Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (Lusby) – 9 p.m. • Three Sixty Scuttlebutt Restaurant & Ma• Roadhouse Band rina (Cobb Island) – 9 p.m. Apehanger’s Bar (Bel Alton) – 9 p.m. • After Hours Lounge (Live Music/DJ) • Locked-n-Loaded Chef’s American Bistro Memories (Waldorf) – 9:30 (California) – 10 p.m. p.m.

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By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

• DJ McNa$ty Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

We post nightlife events happening in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. To submit an event for our calendar, email Deadline for submissions is Monday by 5 p.m.


Sunday, July 11 • Gary Rue with Fred Munsendgo St. Mary’s County Yachting Center/Campground (Drayden) – 2 p.m. • Kashmere (Led Zeppelin tribute) Gilligan’s Pier (Newburg) – 3 p.m. • Too Many Mikes Toot’s Bar (Hollywood) – 3 p.m. • Zekiah Swamp Cats Apehanger’s Bar (Bel Alton) – 3 p.m. • Country Music Jam Session St. Mary’s Landing (Charlotte Hall) – 4 p.m.

Monday, July 12 • Mason Sebastian DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m. • Open Mic Night Scott’s II (Welcome) – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, July 13 • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m. • Anthony Ryan Ruddy Duck Brewery (Solomons) – 7 p.m. • Open Mic Night Martini’s Lounge (White Plains) – 9 p.m.*

Wednesday, July 14 • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band CJ’s Back Room (Lusby) – 5 p.m. • Captain John DB McMillan’s (California) – 5:30 p.m. • Karaoke with DJ Harry Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m. • Sloe Jim Gilligan’s Pier (Newburg) – 7 p.m. • Karaoke Night St. Mary’s Landing (Charlotte Hall) – 7:30 p.m. • Open Mic Night Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 8 p.m. • Wolf’s Blues Jam Beach Cove Restaurant (Chesapeake Beach) – 8 p.m. *CALL TO CONFIRM

For family and community events, see our calendar in the community section on page 24.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Journey Through Time The


By Linda Reno Contributing Writer If you had lived 200 years ago and wanted to learn a trade, you wouldn’t have gone to a specialized school as is done today. Your parents would have apprenticed you to someone whose trade you wanted to learn, or you could have apprenticed yourself. Then again, it wasn’t always a matter of choice. Remember that women didn’t have careers and if your father died leaving little or no estate, your mother may not have had the means to support you so an apprenticeship could be an option. Unfortu-

nately, there were also children who had lost both parents. As such, they generally had no means of support so they were put to work. Children of all ages were apprenticed, ranging in age from two to 19. Boys generally served to the age of 21. Girls were generally freed at the age of 16. The terms of the apprenticeship demanded strict obedience to the master. There would be no visiting taverns or places of gambling, playing cards or dice, fornication, getting married, or drinking and swearing. The master generally agreed to train the apprentice, provide a limited amount of schooling, and at the end of the time served to provide a suit of clothing and perhaps a few dollars. Over the next several weeks, we’ll explore the lives of some of these young

people. January 10, 1809: Elizabeth Campbell, widow, bound her son, John Campbell “who will be 18 on July 1 next” as an apprentice to Edward Fellows to learn the “art, trade, and mystery of a Blacksmith.” John was to serve until July 1, 1812 when he would arrive at the age of 21. John presumably completed his apprenticeship, served during the War of 1812, and then at the age of 33 married Elizabeth Greenwell. Elizabeth was deceased prior to 1824 when he married second, Ann H. Greenwell. John died April 23, 1832 in Leonardtown, leaving his widow Ann and three children. In 1855, Ann applied for a pension based on John’s service during the war. December 8, 1809: John Mackall, Jr. and M. W. Simmonds, Justices of the Peace, bind Bennet Cooper, an orphan, with the consent of his mother, to William Jones, pilot*. Bennet was 17 years old on May 19 last

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Still Crying, but Proud By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer “Yes”, for Cathy, and anyone else who remembers, I did cry at the fireworks display at Hollywood Fire House last Saturday. Thanks for the pre-display tissue too, Cathy. The fireworks were truly magnificent! The fireworks operators really surprised us all with the first group they shot off, and after that they just amazed the crowd. The ending was the best I’d ever seen with lots of cascading bursting streams of light twisting and turning in the dark sky. Thank you to Hollywood Fire Department for the great evening of firework excitement, music with No Green Jelly Beenz, and good old carnival food. Last Sunday we went to visit friends in Ashburn, Virginia. On the way home we thought let’s stop in either Old Town Alexandria or the National Harbor to watch the fireworks in D.C. We could barely see those since all of Alexandria’s waterfront has beautiful large trees which block vision in that direction. Then, all of sudden, we saw the crowds moving eastward, and we followed. The National Harbor fireworks display on the shore of Prince Georges County was just beginning. It was a great fireworks display with an ending of the most colorful fireworks you’ve ever seen – all sorts of yellows, pinks, greens, and blues looking like exploding chrysanthemums. If you haven’t been to the National Harbor yet, you should go and just walk around. It is a completely planned community with hotels, and residential and shopping areas all within a fairly compact area. During the harbor fireworks, my husband looked over at me to see if I was crying again, but I was only moist in the eyes. He said, “You must have to be right under them to cry.” I replied, that “Yes it must be the percussion that both scares and amazes me.” But then I remembered the thought that came to me at the Hollywood fireworks – what made me cry more this time than any other. I wondered how the same noise – the thunderous percussion at a fireworks display that

can bring oohs and aahs to people, can also bring fright and panic to our troops or people in a state of war. Context really does make all the difference. And it is also the pride in our country. That is what I feel every year. How everyone all over the country is having this beautiful display of American pride at pretty much the same time. It makes me wonder how terrorists or spies can’t be moved by seeing this – and think wow, America does have so much beauty, simple values, and unity within diversity. How can anyone not think this country is great on the most basic level even with it’s flaws. But it was a great 4th of July weekend. The weather was beautiful. Fresh, dry air. Well, most of the air was fresh, except for the two and a half additional hours we unexpectedly had to stay in the Old Town parking garage. This would only happen to us, and it was unfortunate that quite a few hundred people had to also be delayed with us. The automatic ticket payment system and the gate malfunctioned, so no one could leave. Tempers flared and horns blared, with one poor attendant (when he was finally found) trying to run back and forth getting things to work. Too much carbon monoxide in a 100 degree parking garage is not good for anyone’s moods. We couldn’t even get out of our parking space, so we just walked back around the corner to King Street, sat on a stoop and people watched. You can make the best time of anything for very little or no money. It was eleven by this time, and the second wave of revelers were hitting the streets so there was plenty to watch. We finally got home after 1 a.m.; eyes red, and feeling tired. But you know what? We will do it all over again next July 4th, minor problems and all, because the feeling of gratitude and pride in our country is strong and will be forever. To each new day’s amazing adventure, Shelby Please send comments or ideas to: shelbys.

and will serve until the age of 21. This particular apprenticeship was most likely a matter of choice vs. need. Frances (Egerton) Cooper, Bennet’s mother, owned both land and slaves. The will of Frances Cooper dated June 30, 1817 devised $100 to her daughter, Elizabeth Lydaman and all of her land to her sons, Bennet and Philip Cooper. Bennet also received a Negro boy named Raphael while Philip received a Negro girl named Henny. Bennet Cooper also served during the War of 1812. He moved to Baltimore where he married Ann Sables in 1822 and he was still there at the time of the 1830 census. He probably became a part of the core group of St. Mary’s County men would form the nucleus of what would later become the Maryland Pilots Association. *Pilots were responsible for steering ships into or out of harbors or through certain difficult waters.

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He called the whole thing Le Scandale. In 1964, Richard Burton married Photo Courtesy of Helen Elizabeth Hilton Wilding Todd Fisher Purely from a geologist’s viewCarroll Beavers Patterson point, it isn’t much. Basically, it’s just a and afterward, released a simple staterock somebody pulled from the dirt. ment that said “Elizabeth Burton and I But if someone ofare very happy.” fered you one of those But it wasn’t Happily rocks, you wouldn’t turn Ever After. it down. You’d gladly Richard and Elizawear it on your finger, beth both loved to drink, your earlobe, or your fight, and make up. He throat - although you’d draped her in expensive, probably call it a diamond famous jewels. They or an emerald or a sapfought over who was phire. Still, it’s a rock. A “more Jewish”. They little something plucked shared a blended and befrom the Earth just for loved brood of children, you, you’re welcome. but could never have a When Elizabeth Taychild together. Her career lor was married to Richovershadowed his, then ard Burton, she collected vice versa. They fought, those expensive rocks divorced, reconciled and and “played” with them. remarried, fought and diIn the new book “Furivorced again, and almost ous Love” by Sam Kashreconciled a third time. ner & Nancy Schoenberger, you’ll read Instead, she married other men (plural). about the box office bombs and boons, He married another woman. the baubles, and the battles. When Richard Burton died, his Elizabeth Taylor didn’t think much new wife asked Elizabeth Taylor to stay of Richard Burton the first time she met home. him while at a pool party in 1953. AlRemember the guilty, furtive pleaready into her second marriage, she was sure of poking through a pile of your just 21 and a genuine Hollywood diva. grandma’s old TV and Movie Screen He was 28, recently “plucked from magazines? Yep, “Furious Love” is that the London stage”, and drunk. kind of fun. Nine years later, they met again Authors Sam Kashner & Nancy on the set of the epic movie, Cleopatra. Schoenberger dug deep for the dirt She was then on Marriage Number Four on “DickandLiz”, Hollywood’s most to Eddie Fisher; he had wed to a solid beloved, most vilified, most-married hometown Welsh girl. But “Dick and couple, to present a snarky love story Liz” (a nickname they hated) were fire that seems tame now but was gasp-wortogether. He stood up to her and wasn’t thy then. I think that’s why I loved this afraid to insult her. She had a bawdy side book: it took me back to a relatively inthat delighted him. nocent time when a Hollywood affair Their affair started quietly – until was an honest-to-goodness scandal worthe paparazzi caught on. After sneaking thy of Vatican comment and Congress around for awhile, they openly flaunted condemnation. their passion in front of photographers. If you’re looking for some oldRichard’s wife refused to grant him school gossip to pass the summertime, a divorce. Elizabeth tried to commit you’ll find this book to be irresistible. suicide. For you, “Furious Love” is a true gem.

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Men’s Over 40 League (All games start at 6 p.m.) Tri-County Aire vs. All Star Utility at Fenwick Field Anderson’s Bar vs. Seabreeze at Tippett’s Field Hole in the wall vs. Park Sunoco at Knight Life Captain Sam’s vs. Hobos at Back Road Inn Rita B’s vs. Clements at Anderson’s Bar

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer Even if he’s been racing on the United States Lawnmower Racing Association circuit for five years now, Jason Brown still gets nervous every time he races at Bowles’ Farms. “I have a lot more butterflies here than any other place,” Brown said as he prepares for this weekend’s sixth annual St. Mary’s County Lawnmower race. “I wouldn’t want to disappoint and it’s more rewarding when you do well here.” Brown is the defending SP and BP class champion at Bowles and currently ranks at the top of the USLMRA SP points race. “Jason and the 003 racing team bring a lot of excitement to the track,” said Ronnie Mattingly of the 7th District Rescue Squad, which works with Bowles’ Farms to put on the race each year. “They’ve gotten very good over the years and they can win here now. And they have.” Brown, a 1995 Photo By Frank Marquart graduate of Chopticon High School and Jason Brown of Clements is the defending SP and BP class champion of the St. a life long resident of Mary’s County Lawnmower Races. He looks to defend his titles this weekend at the 7th District area, Bowles’ Farms. two SP class wins in 2008 and repeated the began his lawnmowsame feat last year, along with a BP win on er racing career strictly by chance. “Five years ago, a couple of local business the second day of racing. He recalls one of last guys bought a racing mower, and I became the year’s wins with considerable excitement. “There’s a race where we jump on the driver,” Brown simply explained. After prior experience racing go-karts and mower and start it up. I burned the starter up ATVs, Brown says racing a vehicle that’s more so much I almost couldn’t get it started,” he said. “I was almost a lap down, but I came or less used for laid back purposes is tough. “It’s a different animal than go-karts and back to win it with no cautions. That was pretATVs because lawnmowers aren’t made to do ty wild.” Brown looks forward to coming home to the stuff that we do,” he says. Although all of the USLMRA’s racers take Bowles’ every year for the good times and the these events very seriously, they still know home-track advantage. “This is usually my turnaround race how to have fun together on and off the track where I get on the right track. This is where as they travel across the country. “None of us are getting paid – we all have I’ve had my biggest wins,” he said. “To know to go back to work Monday,” says Brown, who everybody in the stands, to have your own fans works for Verizon. “It’s a major stress relief cheering for you is pretty awesome.” just going to the races and we all get along.” Brown first broke through at Bowles’ with






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Men’s Slowpitch League Back Road Inn vs. VFW2632 at Chancellor’s Run, 6:30 p.m. Pax Bombers vs. The Green Door/Cullison’s at The Brass Rail, 6:30 p.m. Grid iron Grill vs. Hi Octane at Knight Life, 6:30 p.m. Budweiser vs. Chaney’s at The Brass Rail, 8 p.m.

Fri., July 9 Young Men’s League Gary Gray Athletics vs. Dew Drop Inn at Chancellor’s Run, 6:30 p.m. Seabreeze/BRI at Captain Sam’s, 6:30 p.m. Flash Point vs. Cryers at Back Road Inn, 6:30 p.m.

Mon., July 12 Women’s League Mix It Up at Captain Sam’s, 6:30 p.m. Southern vs. Somerville Insurance at Chancellor’s Run, 6:30 p.m. Xtreme at Anderson’s Bar, 6:30 p.m. Southern Maryland Physical Therapy vs. Bella Salon

Women’s Over 30 League Hole in the wall vs. Rosebuds at Tippett’s Field Raley’s vs. Hurricane’s at 7th District Park Moose Lodge at Back Road Inn Captain Sam’s vs. Ryce Electric at Moose Lodge

Tues., July 13 Men’s Slowpitch League Bookkeeping By Blanche vs. Budweiser at Captain Sam’s, 6:30 p.m. Chaney’s vs. Grid Iron Grill at Chancellor’s Run, 6:30 p.m. VFW2632 vs. Pax Bombers at Pax River, 6:30 p.m. American Legion vs. Green Door/Cullison’s at The Brass Rail, 6:30 p.m. Hi Octane at Back Road Inn, 6:30 p.m.

Wed., July 14 Women’s League Mix It Up vs. ABC Liquors at Chancellor’s Run, 6:30 p.m. Chesapeake Custom Embroidery vs. Xtreme at Chancellor’s Run, 6:30 p.m. Somerville Insurance at Moose Lodge, 6:30 p.m. Bud Light vs. Southern Maryland Physical Therapy at Anderson’s Bar, 6:30 p.m. Captain Sam’s vs. Bella Salon at The Brass Rail, 6:30 p.m. Anderson’s Bar at Back Road Inn, 6:30 p.m.

St. Mary’s County Softball Standings (For games through the week ending Sunday, July 4)

Men’s Slowpitch League 1. Hi Octane 2. BRI 3 Chaney’s 4. Green Door 5. Grid Iron Grill 6. Pax Bombers 7. Budweiser 8. American Legion 9. Bookkeeping By Blanche 10. VFW 2632

Women’s League 17-5 16-5 16-8 9-10 8-14 7-14 6-13 6-14 4-18 3-14

Young Men’s League 1. Seabreeze/BRI/Moose Lodge 14-0 2. Gary Gray’s Athletics 15-2 3. Cryers 12-3 4. Dew Drop inn 13-6 5. Quade’s Shockers 10-8 6. Flash Point 4-13 7. Captain Sam’s 3-16

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Sixth Annual Lawnmower Race Kicks off Friday By Chris Stevens Staff Writer Bowles’ Farms in Clements is set to host the sixth annual St. Mary’s County Lawnmower Races this weekend, with a crowd expected to be close to the more than 5,000 people that attended last year’s festivities. The focus for this year’s race was to draw more racers from all corners of the United States and according to Tommy Bowles, who oversees the farm and operation of the track, they were able to do just that. “We’ve got races coming in from Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Florida,” Bowles said. “They’re coming a good ways to race here.” The races will begin Friday afternoon and continue Saturday night at 7 p.m., and in between, there will be all sorts of fun events for families to enjoy, including a horse pull on Saturday afternoon, along with pony rides and a kiddie tractor pull. “It’s an event for the entire family,” Bowles said. “With the economy being the way it is, people are looking to stay closer to home, and we get a lot of local people coming in. It’s a good cheap night out for the entire family.” The price of admission is eight dollars, with children eight years old and under getting in for free.

All proceeds from the weekend’s events benefit both the 7th District Optimist Club and the 7th District Rescue Squad, who also help Bowles’ Farms put the entire weekend together. Ronnie Mattingly, who represents the 7th District Rescue Squad, has had little trouble getting sponsors for this event because of the great reputation it has in Southern Maryland – and beyond. “We’ve actually increased sponsorship to $20,000, the most we’ve ever had,” Mattingly says. “When local businesses and other businesses step up the way they have, you know you’ve got some special going on here.” Mattingly also says the local crowd helps give the event a wholesome, hometown feel. “You know a lot of people when you walk through the crowds here,” he says. Jason Brown, a resident of Clements and defending St. Mary’s Racing Champion in the BP and SP classes, says the track and atmosphere is unlike anything else on the United States Lawnmower Racing Association tour. “Bobby Cleveland told me last year he’d never seen anything like Bowles,” Brown said. “When he was going around the turns, he noticed the crowd doing the wave. He’d never seen any other crowd do that. It’s the best crowd and atmosphere anyone’s ever been around.”

Hollidge Explodes in Firecracker 30 for First-Ever Potomac Late Model Win By Doug Watson Potomac Speedway BUDDS CREEK – Mechanicsville’s Dale Hollidge, the 2008 Hagerstown speedway pure stock champion, scored big Friday night at Potomac Speedway as he captured his first-career Late Model feature win at the Southern Maryland oval. Kyle Hardy and Matt Quade, both winners at the track this season, brought the field down to the initial green flag of the event. Quade darted into the race lead with Hardy in tow. Third starting Jamie Lathroum then slid into second on the second lap and began to apply pressure to Quade. Meanwhile, Hollidge, who started fifth, reached third by the sixth lap and then disposed of Lathroum to take second by lap seven. Hollidge would then hound Quade for the next twelve circuits before he would make what would be the winning pass on lap-nineteen. Despite the repeated challenges by eventual runner-up Jamie Lathroum, Hollidge would lead the remaining laps to post the win in his Mastersbilt No. 0. “I never thought we’d get one down here,” Hollidge said. “I have to thank my mom and dad and all my sponsors for getting me here tonight.” As the race wound down, Hollidge knew Lathroum was in second. “Yeah, I knew Jamie was back there,” he said. “He’s really good down here but I knew if I stayed on the bottom He’d have a hard time passing up on the top and our car was really good on the bottom tonight.” Matt Quade held on for third, 10th-starting Daryl Hills was fourth and current LM point leader David Williams rebounded from an early race spin to complete the top five. The heat race went to Jamie Lathroum. Defending track champion Tommy Wagner,

Jr. became the eighth different winner in nine events run for the Limited Late Models this season. Wagner drew the pole for the feature and made the most of his good fortune as he would lead every lap of the non-stop event. “I can’t thank my car owners Scott and Patty Thompson enough,” Wagner said. “They put their heart and soul into this car and I was glad to finally be able to get a win for them.” Sixth-starting Kyle Lear came on late to collect second, Paul Cursey was third, current point leader Derrick Quade was fourth and PJ Hatcher rounded out the top five. Heats went to Cursey and Quade. In other action, Troy Kassiris scored his second win of the season in a thrilling last turn, last lap pass of Kyle Nelson in the 16-lap Street Stock feature and Larry Fuchs copped his fourth feature win of the season in the 20-lap Strictly Stock main.

Late Model Feature Results (30 laps) 1.Dale Hollidge 2. Jamie Lathroum 3. Matt Quade 4. Daryl Hills 5. David Williams 6. Kyle Hardy 7. Jeff Pilkerton 8. Bobby Beard 9. Roland Mann 10. Deane Guy

Limited Late Model Feature Finish (20 laps) 1. Tommy Wagner Jr. 2. Kyle Lear 3. Paul Cursey 4. Derrick Quade 5. PJ Hatcher 6. Ben Bowie 7. Sommey Lacey 8. Kenny Moreland 9. Terry Flaherty 10. Chuck Cox 11. Pat Wood 12. Alan Canter 13. Bruce Kane 14. Dave Adams (DNS)

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Football Officials Camp Seeks Participants The Washington District Football Officials Association ( begins training classes July 12 for anyone interested in becoming a high school football official. If interested, call Chris Kates 410-926-2448 or Jack Kravitz 301-607-6511.

Sabres Seek MidgetLevel Players The Southern Maryland Sabres Hockey Club announces the formation of a Midget-level recreational hockey team for the 2010-2011 season. The Midget team includes players born in years 1992 through 1995. The rec hockey season begins in October and continues through February 2011 with an end-of-season tournament in early March. The team will play in the Capital Corridor Hockey League (CCHL). Cost: $ 800.00 includes 18 practices, 8 home games at the Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf (with 8 reciprocating games), monthly skills clinics and the end-of season CCHL tournament. (USA Hockey insurance & jerseys not included.) Register online @ Please contact Jaime Cantlon, Sabres Rec Program Director at: Registration is also available online for all Sabres recreational hockey teams: USA Hockey 2010-2011 age groups: Atoms 2004-2005 Mites 2002-2003 Squirts 2000-2001 PeeWee 1998-1999 Bantam 1996-1997 Midget 1992-1995

Golf Outing To Benefit Sabres Hockey Team Capital Welding Annual Golf Outing will be Wednesday July 13 at Swan Point Yacht & Country Club in Issue, MD. The Southern Maryland Sabres hockey club will receive 50% of proceeds from this tournament and all of the Sabres’ proceeds will go to ice cost for the Little Stars Program. This program had 95 new players last season. Registration begins at 8 am, followed by a putting contest at 8:45 and the tournament begins with a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start. The Format of golf is Captain’s Choice and fee is $125 per golfer. There will be a continental breakfast, refreshments and dinner included with donation. Prizes for first, second and third place teams as well as closest to the pin and longest drive contests. Many door prices will be available as well. Registration information and tee sponsor forms available at For more information email Sabres President Joe Bowling at

Soccer Goalkeeping Camps Accepting Registrations Gretton Goalkeeping will offer its 8th Annual Summer Goalkeeper Soccer Camp Series beginning the week of June 21st through the week of August 16th. Various locations offered in the Southern Maryland Area. Camps run 4 days each week at various hours of the day. All ages and skill levels welcome! Field player training offered as well by separate field player instructor. For questions or to reserve your spot, please call 301643-8992 or email

SPORTS Tennis NBA Free DESK Agent Foolishness Needs To End…NOW

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

“I know you guys have waited for my decision on this matter for almost three years now, and I won’t keep you waiting any longer. After careful consideration, weighing my options and figuring out my best chance to win (and make the most money) I’ve decided to sign with…” That’s when we’ll know where LeBron James will play basketball next season and not a moment before. The headliner of the vaunted National Basketball Association free agent class of 2010 has held summer headlines hostage with the posturing of where he will go, how much money will he make and what that means for what promises to be an interesting season coming up. It’s only been one week since teams could begin negotiating with players, but many basketball fans have had their fill of the meetings, the rumors and the speculation and the rumors that have dominated everywhere from ESPN to blogsites. Hopefully, we will have a resolution shortly so that we can all move on with our lives. In the meantime, we have to review the foolishness as it’s happened, because some of the news has been just too silly, too ridiculous to pass up on. LeBron James is the ringleader of this free agent class, and with good reason. At just 25 years of age, the 6’8, 250pound James is a frightening combination of athleticism and power – think Magic Johnson’s court skills with Karl Malone’s freakishly cut body. When James decided not to take a maximum contract from the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2007 and opted instead for a threeyear deal, it began a chain reaction of posturing, player movement and salary cap calculation unlike anything the NBA has ever seen. The New York Knicks, who are long removed from championship contention, began cleaning house, trading and releasing players they could have enough salary cap space to woo LeBron to the city that never sleeps. The Knicks have enlisted everyone from Mayor Mi-

chael Bloomberg to James’ close friend Jay-Z to entice him to sign and play ball in the Metro New York area. The Miami Heat (who have a star they’d like to keep in Dwyane Wade), the New Jersey Nets and the Chicago Bulls have also emerged as possible places James could end up. Wade is just playing the field, but his opting out is to get an even bigger contract from the Heat, which is where he has maintained he plans to continue and finish his career. There had been rumors that James and Wade would team up in Miami, not only making for maybe basketball’s best duo since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, but breaking ground for most hip-hop parties and random hook-ups at an NBA game. And what of Chris Bosh, the third wheel of sorts on this tro? Well, the casual fan probably doesn’t know much about Mr. Bosh, so allow me to educate. He has spent the first seven years of his career, toiling in poverty for the NBA’s Siberian franchise, the Toronto Raptors. Every bit of 6’10 and 230 pounds, Bosh is a gifted perimeter scorer who can rebound, play passable defense and would be a great complimentary piece for any contending team looking to go to the next level. Is he worth 20 million dollars a season? Doubtful. Major money sure, but he’s not a max player, and would be better served teaming up with Dwyane Wade as was being reported by various ESPN sources Wednesday morning. Bosh is probably the key to all of this movement. Wherever he goes, James and Wade would be most likely to follow. So with Bosh and Wade committing to the Miami Heat, all that’s left is LeBron James. James has a one-hour special scheduled for tonight on ESPN where all the advertising dollars will go the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and finally, we will have a decision from the most sought-after free agent in professional sports history. If it all seems silly, a one-hour special for a 30-second statement, you’re right. However, LeBron James has proven to be an exceptional talent with a flair for the dramatic. His next career move promises to be no different, as he plans to alter the NBA landscape with a stroke of the pen. Questions? Comments? Complaints? Send ‘em all to Chris at

USTA Tennis Senior Leagues

St Mary’s County USTA Tennis League is looking for Captains and 3.0 & 3.5 rated players for senior men, women and mixed doubles teams. Season runs from June-August. Must be a USTA member and have reached fifty (50) years of age prior to, or during, the 2010 calendar year. Contact Mai-Liem Slade if interested, or 301-481-2305.

Tennis Social Doubles Social Doubles for Adults is held twice weekly and consists of informal doubles matches, put together by the site coordinator, based on that day’s attendance. All who show up will get to play. • 5 P.M. Sundays at Leonardtown High School, May 27th through August. Contact Cris Sigler at 410-326-6383 or • 5 P.M. Thursdays at Great Mills High School, June 6th through September. Contact Bob Stratton at 443-926-2070 or The league fee is $25 for the Leonardtown site and $30 for the Great Mills site. Fees include court costs and balls. No registration is required. Southern Maryland USTA sanctioned Juniors Tennis Tournament 2010 – July 21-25th at St. Mary’s College – inaugural tennis event! Point of contact, Derek Sabedra, 410-610-4300 or email or you can register at The tournament identification number is 302761310. Registration is currently ongoing. St. Mary’s College Tennis Clinics for beginners, intermediate, and advanced junior players will be held for two weeks. July 26th-July 29th from 6:00-to 8:00pm and August 2nd to August 5th, 6:00-8:00. Point of Contact, Derek Sabedra, 410-6104300 or email ddsabedra@smcm. edu. Instructor: Giac Tran.


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The Ordinary


I’d Like to Phone a Friend’ By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer So here I go on another angling adventure on the Chesapeake, armed with reputation, the right tackle, the right bait and the right c om p a ny. I’ve checked the weather, winds, tides

and currents, and planned the trip to coincide with the absolute best conditions. My fishing partner has done his part to make sure that I have adequate ice, drinks, gas and food. I’ve scanned fishing reports in local print media, the Internet, and e-mails from my friends. Basically, I’m now ready to catch, clean and eat fish. I am absolutely filled with optimism! But on this particular adventure, the fish have a different idea and the “Ordinary” in my column title takes center stage. The wind is blowing harder than it was forecast and it’s coming from a different direction. The tidal currents are weak. The fish aren’t where they’re supposed to be. My fish finder is showing a blank screen. Undaunted and knowing that things are seldom perfect, I bait the right

tackle with the right bait and encourage my doubting fishing partner to do the same. We get a bite or two from fish too small to take the hook but big enough to steal the bait. We are falsely encouraged. We bait-up again and catch one or two of the bait stealers and use them for bait. Nothing else happens. What went wrong? Where did the fish go that were here the last time? What about all of those reports? What should I do now? “Well Regis, I would like to phone a friend!” I picked up the phone and called a Charter Captain friend of mine. He was on the water and was bailing fish across the bay. He said the fish had moved and encouraged me to head in his direction, which I did. I got there, saw him fishing, and moved nearby, but not too close to crowd his action or scare the fish. That saved the day! We caught and later cleaned and ate fish! One of the best ways to learn how to fish any area is to take a few charters, or fish with a couple of the local guides. The most important aspect of fishing in any region is the “how” to catch them. The “where” to catch them is only important when you apply what you’ve learned. I have taken many charters and fished with several guides. The advice I can give you is to be a good learner and client for the trip. You don’t need to steal the coordinates of where they go if you learn their methods. Get their phone numbers, recommend their services to others and repeat your business if your means allow. Make a friend! Understand that they will have good days and bad days like everyone else. The next

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time you’re out and find lots of fish in a particular location give one of them a call and tell them where you are. They just may be there for you when you need to “…phone a friend!” Fishing continues to be good, and will only get better in the coming weeks. Big croakers are still abundant and hard to pass up. Although it is a late and slow start for flounder, people are beginning to find them at Cornfield Harbor and the Eastern Shore channel edges. Acres of breaking rockfish and bluefish can be found on the Bay in the early mornings and late evenings. White perch are attacking small spinner baits in the shallows. Life is good! Have you got a current fish picture and a story of a great catch? If so, send an email to Keith has been a recreational angler on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for over 50 years; he fishes weekly from his small boat during the season, and spends his free time supporting local conservation organizations.

Blue Crabs

Blue Crabs Earn Second Playoff Trip, Clinch Liberty Division First Half Title

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs clinched a Liberty Division playoff spot for the second straight year on Friday night, defeating the Camden Riversharks 7-1 at Regency Furniture Stadium before a crowd of 4,078. Connor Robertson (4-2) threw seven scoreless innings for the win, while Camden right-hander Travis Chick allowed four runs in 4.1 innings to drop to 4-3 on the season. It was a pitcher’s duel through three, but the Blue Crabs broke the game wide open in the middle innings. The Crabs went ahead 1-0 in the fourth when third baseman Patrick Osborn led off with a double, and subsequently scored on first baseman Eric Crozier’s RBI single. Then with one out in the inning, the Riversharks turned to left hand pitcher Eddy Camacho to keep the game close. Camacho could not deliver though, as the Blue Crabs roughed him up in the fifth. Catcher Christian Lopez singled to begin

the inning and two batters later centerfielder Jeremy Owens drew a walk. Then designated hitter Matt Craig crushed his ninth homer of the season, a three run bomb into deep right field. It also extended Craig’s hitting streak to a teambest 18 games. The Blue Crabs added two more in the sixth to make it 6-0 on shortstop Travis Garcia’s two run shot into left-centerfield, scoring leftfielder Jason Lane. It was Garcia’s 10th homer of the year. The Riversharks scored their lone run in the eighth on second baseman Teuris Olivares’s RBI single. RHP Jim Ed Warden pitched the ninth, and ended the game with a strike out to clinch a playoff berth for the Blue Crabs. The Blue Crabs will begin the second half of the season tonight with a four game set at Camden before beginning their second half home schedule with a three game set against the Lancaster Barnstormers on Tuesday, July 13.

Blue Crabs a big hit in All Star Game Casey Benjamin led off the Atlantic League All-Star game with a home run and Travis Garcia and Matt Craig also drove in runs as the Liberty Division defeated the Freedom Division 7-1 in Long Island, NY Tuesday night. Benjamin took York pitcher Jesus Sanchez deep over the right field wall to give the Liberty Division the lead from the start. Garcia and Craig singled home runners in the second and fifth inning to give Randy Leek the victory. Bridgeport’s Steve Moss, with a two-run home run, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Blue Crabs Manager Butch Hobson was the winning skipper.

Atlantic League First Half Standings Liberty Division Southern Maryland 41-29 X Camden 39-31 Bridgeport 36-34 Long Island 36-34 Freedom Division York 40-30 X Somerset 36-34 Lancaster 31-39 Newark 21-49 X- Clinched First Half Division Championship


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Leonardtown Girls Make Lacrosse All-America Teams

Claire Tiffany Katelyn Blondino

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Leonardtown graduate Taelar Errington became the first Raider girls’ lacrosse player to collect All-American honors, earn first-team midfielder honors from the Errington scored 41 goals and handed out 15 assists for a total of 56 points, as she helped the Raiders win their fifth straight Southern Maryland Athletic Conference championship as well as an unbeaten regular season. Errington, who also earned first-team SMAC honors, will attend the University of Maryland-Baltimore County this fall and play lacrosse in the spring. Errington also made’s Academic All-America team as well as teammates Katelyn Blondino, Lauren Donovan, Claire Tiffany and Molly Nantz.

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THURSDAY July 8, 2010

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